The ducklings liked the new island so much that they decided to live there. All day long they follow the swan boats and eat peanuts.Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings (1941)
As I finished this latest little duck bowl, I found myself thinking of Robert McCloskey‘s Make Way for Ducklings. I pulled the book off the shelf and enjoyed a read. I must have read it a couple hundred times when my kids were little, but it had been a while. I still love the story and, especially, McCloskey’s illustrations. Many of his preparatory sketches can be viewed here.
It had been a couple years since I had made one of these duck bowls, and I was reminded of the challenge. I roughed this piece out of a green cherry log maybe four years ago, but had never got around to completing it. The wood was thoroughly dry as I began carving it to its final shape. The lighter color of the head is the sapwood of the tree, merging at the neck into the dark heartwood.
I’ve carved these with two heads as well. The general idea was inspired by Scandinavian ale bowls. I’ve written several posts about these which include various designs and the general procedure I use to carve them. I have an “ale bowl” category on the right that will bring up related posts. For ducks specifically, type “duck” into the search box.
This little duckling is 7 1/4″ long, 5 1/4″ wide, and 4 1/2″ tall. This one is for sale. If you’re interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. You can think of Robert McCloskey while eating your yogurt, or peanuts, from it. Update: SOLD