|Project by rdlaurance||posted 394 days ago||743 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
Seems Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so having a few extra hours to squeeze in a little project, I grabbed my carving knife, a chunk of elm and a comfortable stool. My efforts in comfort being tantamount to the success of this project as I’m sitting out in my drafty barn with the thermometer reading a cool 26 degrees Fahrenheit (-3C) and figure I’ll be here for a while.
So my dear one will receive another Valentine heart to accompany the previous one I carved her two years ago, at this time. While carving this one, I decided that I’ll begin to make this an annual gift with another sculptural gift somewhere down the line that will incorporate all these future hearts. So here begins a small tradition.
The heart measures 10cm long x 8.5cm wide x 4cm thick, and is from a large elm stump that I’ve kept outside the barn for the past five years, spalting. Last October, I felt it was probably ‘seasoned’ as much as I wanted so grabbed the chainsaw and bucked it up into more handleable pieces. Approximately 1/3 of the stump had too much decay so will be a positive addition to a new hügelkultur bed I’m planning on laying in when the weather warms up. The remaining parts of the stump have achieved a very nice patina of spalting throughout, as the colors in this little carving reveals.
Hope y’all like it and… you got about a week remaining to finish up something, for that special one in your life!
-- Rick, south Sweden