Tree of Life / Bird and Cherry Blossom Branch Necklace
Hand carved from fossil mammoth tusk in a miniature diorama shape
Reversible with a tree of life etched into the concave side of the pendant and a songbird singing from a cherry blossom branch etched on the convex side
Salt water pearl "sun" shines on both sides
Trees and bird etching coloured with walnut husk wash
Cherry blossoms tinted with cochineal
Adjustable polyester cord (black or beige, 24") hand braided 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
Tourmaline bead draws cord together giving a terminus to the carving
Carving measures 3/4" across, 1" tall and 3/8" thick
Tree of Life sculpture hand carved in diorama shape. The delicate pendant necklace for women has been thoughtfully hand carved for the bird lover or anyone interested in taking care of their own personal development, uniqueness and individual beauty.This charming, one of a kind carving offers a lovely view on all sides
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 outside 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. I do all the work myself, by hand, from start to finish in my home workshop.
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.