|Project by Exuma||posted 11-14-2011 08:43 AM||1065 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
Hey guys! This is my first project that I’ve been proud enough with to post here on LJ’s so be gentle :D.
I wanted a pendent that had some meaning to it, so I went combing through my folder containing all of the Adinkra symbology (West Africa, Ghana to be precise) and came upon the above.
The symbol is ‘ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN’ which means “Love never loses its way home” or “Power of love”. Granted, my interpretation is nowhere near as precise as the reference version but I never wanted it to be that way. I wanted it to feel less ‘produced’ and more ‘primitive’. It’s carved out of lignum vitae; the national tree of The Bahamas and now a protected species, so acquiring the wood is extremely hard work and time consuming (involves a lot of bush-whacking searching for a tree that has already died). The finish is the natural oils of the wood.
It wasn’t until the last year that I’ve gotten into woodworking and carving, but, I feel like I’ve found a great creative outlet. let me know what you think!