Squirrel with Cherry Blossom Branch Necklace
Hand carved from fossil mammoth tusk
Reversible: pink blossoms tinted with cochineal and blue blossoms tinted with indigo
Adjustable polyester cord hand braided and lashed in Kumihimo style, the traditional Japanese art form of making braids and cords, literally meaning "gathered threads”
Hand carved fossil mammoth tusk cinch bead slides to preferred necklace length
Carving measures 3/8" - 5/8" across, 2 3/4" tall and 1/8" thick
This pendant is just a little nutty. You can almost hear the fluffy squirrel chittering as she scampers amongst the blossoms.
Animal Lovers take a look at this squirrel silhouette. He/she sits on a lovely cherry blossom branch waiting for the nuts to arrive. The beautiful colour and patterning of the fossil add to the depth of this adze shaped sculpture. This pendant necklace can be worn by women or men with either side forward.
I have been fortunate to make a living from my carvings for the past 20 years. I carve from natural materials and often with themes from nature. This could be because spend a lot of time inside, in my workshop, and therefore make what I want to see, touch and walk amongst. I live in a beautiful area, Vancouver, British Columbia, as close to the wilderness as a big city can be. I do try to get out in the wilderness with my kids and breath the fresh air as often as possible. When I can't, I try to put that feeling into my work.
Fossil mammoth tusk is a magnificent medium to work with for many reasons. The material itself is very dense so it takes detail well. Mammoth tusk also has a specific grain, which is quite beautiful and differentiates it from other illegal ivory sources. The colouring is also an interesting aspect to work into a design. I like to use the surface of the tusk (called the "bark", much like a tree) as it offers a good contrast to the ivory underneath. The colour variation is endless, depending on what minerals and tannins the tusk was next to in the ground. The main reason that I like to carve from Mammoth tusk is that it has a certain mystique. Early North Americans used the whole woolly mammoth. I like to think that 10,000 to 60,000 years ago, a hunter fed his family with the meat of the mammoth and now I use its tusk to "feed" my family.
Please note that fossil mammoth is restricted in the following states: CA, DC, HI, IL, NV, NH, NJ, and NY.
It is also prohibited in India.