|Project by Heidi Neely||posted 10-18-2011 04:10 AM||2149 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
A bit of an odd one for me…but here you have my entry for the “Scrap It Out” contest.
The Rules are to make your project out of scraps you have laying around, and with a day (or less) time in the shop, create something that balances. Most are taking it literally and making wine bottle holders and such, but my bf and myself wanted our entries to show “balancing”....a little tongue-in-cheek…so my guy is balancing a spoon on his nose.
The head was hand carved from my last little scrap piece of basswood I had left over from a larger chunk that chessmkr1 was kind enough to send me more then a year ago. The spoon and base are from a couple of scrap pieces of zebrawood we had laying around collecting dust, lol! The entire thing took me close to 9 hours to complete…mostly because i wasn’t satisfied with the smoothness of the head, so I kept sanding away.
Now, to explain the meaning behind it (for those who are wondering). The more I started carving away and thinking of the theme of balancing, I started thinking about life, and my piece turned into a bit of a social commentary. I got to thinking about how much we all “balance” things in our lives to make our way in the world and keep life going smoothly as possible. Next thing I started thinking maybe his eyes needed to be closed, because we all are blind to things or “ignore” things at times because we have to pick our battles so to speak. Then I decided that wanted him to appear to have tape over his mouth showing that he wasn’t going to speak…because these days it seems no matter what someone says, somebody is always going to be upset by it, or offended, or sensitive. Soooo…while he’s blind to what’s going on around him, and mute so his words can not offend, he’s balancing the “spoon of life” on his nose all the while, lol!
A bit goofy, maybe….a bit tongue-in-cheek…for sure…but made of scrap wood and in under one day with the theme of balancing :)
Thanks for looking, and comments both positive or negative are welcome!
-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”