I was intending to carve a bowl, but the wood I chose split. I picked up this little burl from the woodpile and thought it might have some potential. In its raw form it looked a bit like a flat grey slug
The two-tone wood in the handle is not dyed or coloured, it's just a function of the wood itself. Isn't it gorgeous?
I believe that happy accidents like that don't tend to happen if you start off with a set idea or plan. Trying to impose a design on something as unpredictable as wood, you can often miss gorgeous forms like this that pop up.
I try to listen to what the piece wants, and for this reason I love working with burls or twisty/gnarly pieces. They have their own flow and curl that has such character and potential.
Couldn't help carving the spirals on the end *grin*.
The finished piece is about 4 inches (or 10 cms) from end to end, carved from an unknown eucalypt species, and oiled with apricot kernel oil.
If there are any more experienced wood workers out there who would like to give me some feedback, I'd be delighted (hence the critique request).