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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hoots for your Birthday!

In honor of my mom's birthday, I have created a little something special and unique to send her way (Montana.)

Mom has long had an affinity for owls. When I was younger I didn't really get it...owls? She literally has hundreds of them displayed around her house. And now, as an adult, I can see the owl's beauty and wisdom, and looking now at some of her unique collection, many of them have a retro-vintage feel. Takes me back, I guess.

So after many years of being gifted with owl statues, decorations, yard art, and everything owl under the sun...what's left you ask?

Well, I have recently grown fond of engraving on bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable and fast-growing wood source that is in no danger of extinction. It also has very beautiful lines and colors, and looks beautiful when lasered.

So for her gift, I decided to engrave for her a bamboo lazy susan for her dining room table. I came across a unique "owl tree" design, and with some minor alterations and color separations, here is the result...

I love how you can see the lines, and the differences in their engraved colors. This particular graphic called to me because of it's folk-artsy feel, with it's heart-in-hand accents. So sweet and with a natural quality.

Above the design, I engraved a quote from a classic fairy-tail about the wise old owl:

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

It was perfection for this piece, and I am pleased with it's outcome.

Happiest Birthday Mom!

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