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Beautiful Australian timber bowls
Beautiful Australian timber bowls
Beautiful wooden bowls hand made from rescued timber. Because the wood is rescued from storm felled branches i is a sustainable source.
I personally hand carved them using an adze, and knives. No power tools have been used in their shaping.
From an unknown timber, it has aged in the log and has nice spalting (a discolouration caused by fungus – prized as a finish) that creates an appealing pattern.
Measuring 340x180x50mm it is a useful size for many needs.
Hand carved from Hoop Pine, a timber that helped build the state of Queensland (found as floor boards, wall boards and some furniture in late 19th century homes) this bowl displays the amazing sheen found in this timber. Fashioned from rescued timber from a big fallen branch, it features the lighter sapwood and darker heartwood at its bottom
Measuring 330x95x25mm it is perfect for smaller bowl needs.
If you want a wonderful timber item, this is for you! (or as a gift 😉 ).
Spoon carving workshop Gift Voucher
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Spoon carving workshops are increasing in popularity.
Many people who may not want to do a workshop themselves but maybe they know someone who would.
What better gift than a voucher for a traditional wood spoon carving workshop!
Now you can gift the gift of a workshop by purchasing a voucher. These cover the cost of a workshop in Toowoomba.
The recipient will be able to select one of the upcoming workshop dates (updated every month) and choose one to suit their timetable.
Note: Vouchers are applicable to Toowoomba based workshops only.
Purchase a voucher:
Spoon Carving Workshop Gift Voucher
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Shark wooden sculptures (For Sale)
All shark sculptures are hand carved. Custom orders taken
Carved from Jacaranda timber, this hammerhead shark has been finished with raw linseed oil and natural beeswax.
Price is A$60 incl postage to Australia – overseas buyers please contact me.
Half a great white shark
This hand carved art sculpture of a Great White Shark is made from Australian Lilly Pilly timber.
The item is one-off has been made using only carving axe and specialist knives. No power tools.
The timber has a raw wood finish that features other tool marks and slight imperfections that liken the sculpture to a real shark with life scars!
The object can be wall mounted or affixed to a board. The item includes basic wall hanging fixtures.
The item can be finished in a natural plant oil finish at small extra cost.
Length 215mm (8.5″”)
Can be shipped world-wide
Price $85 incl domestic shipping
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Great White Shark on Stand (sold)
I personally very much liked this Great White Shark sculpture.
Hammerhead shark (sold)
Several of these have been made. Custom orders accepted. Pricing A$50-70.
Baby shark (sold)
Water lily flowers
Water lilies are loved for their striking flowers that add colour to shallow pools of water…a real contradiction of a flower away from the soil.
Photographed in late afternoon light, here are two pink water lilies that reside in the wetland of West Creek Park in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia.
The water lily photograph is suited to any home seeking a striking image that also maintains it link to calmness associated with lotus and lilies.
The image is 13×8.5 inches but will print smaller or to 4x this size quite comfortably. There is room for cropping for other formats (i.e. it can also be printed square, 10×12 etc). You can have this printed at any place that prints photos.
$10 for private use only.
This photo is available for sale as a digital download without large watermark or thin black border, ready to print.
Note: Canvas prints or professionally framed prints can be arranged for Australian and USA customers. Please contact me.
In keeping with my leaning to marine creatures that breath air there is also the turtle. So I whittled some turtles from wood. This differs from carving wood in that I use a pocket knife, not chisels.
Turtles are a ubiquitous sea creature found in tropical and subtropical waters. Perhaps it is their journey from the sandy nests on beaches as small, cute creatures. So my first effort was to mimic one of these hatchlings.
Turtle hatchling from timber from local park. Approx 5cm long.
Below is a leatherback turtle – made from paperbark wood. Beeswax finish.
The Milford Sound road on New Zealand’s South Island provides many opportunities to access some incredible locations and scenes by following established tracks.
One is this fine area of rushing water and rocks on the track to Lake Marion.
Despite the lack of rainfall in recent weeks there was still a lot of water roaring over the rocks at a volume that made almost shouting needed to hold a conversation.
By purchasing and printing this image you can provide scene of movement and energy to many parts of your home or office.
This print suits printing at 8×12 inch format E.g. also 16×24) and also looks great at a 18×32 inch semi-panorama crop.
For sale for private use only
This image is available without large watermark for digital download, ready to print.
If you wish to purchase a framed or canvas of this image, please contact me.
Galley of Items (SOLD)
This is a small selection of items sold. Many, many sell at markets and are never photographed
Hand crafted using just a small tomahawk and special spoon carving knives, these attractive serving spoons are unique one-of-a-kind items.
Finished with a light coat of food grade linseed oil or kunos oil.
Commissions accepted for yourself or as a totally unique Christmas gift, wedding or birthday gift idea.
A pod of whales
UPDATED JAN 2017
I suppose collectively the images here represent a pod of whales.
My whittling is done using a pocket knife, and sandpaper. I sometimes use a round file on tails where there is risk of the wood breaking. In desperate situations, such as the first whale on this page, I had to resort to using a tomahawk to remove some of the excess timber, such was the hardness of the wood, but these measures are a rarity.
I like the lines of the Sperm Whale, plus unlike many other whales, they do not have long flippers so this suits the smaller wood pieces to which I have easy access – including old branches from trees in parks.
The whale above was made for my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday. Sperm Whale from hardwood. 30+ hours work. 17cm long. I like the grain pattern and the opportunistically placed knot for the eye. Made use of a natural borer hole and sandstone pebble from local park to mount it.
This was a quicky little sperm whale. Only 5cm long. Again a fortunate knot allows him to see. From a bit of stick from the park…
Sperm Whale from willow found in park. 13cm long. A much easier whittling task. Permanently mounted on the stone.
Two sperm whales, Cyprus pine and willow wood. About 13cm long.
My take on a baby blue whale carved from Willow wood. Pectoral fins are a bit small. Just resting on wood for photographic purposes.
A smiling blue whale – interpretive piece. Carved from Olive wood. Took 30 hours.
Not your typical view of the sunflower, but still likely to brighten your day.
Photographed on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the seed heard was part of a larger roadside crop still being grown despite the downturn in oilseed prices and other summer crops with promise of better returns.
Image is available for sale as a digital download ready to print without large watermark. Some cropping may be needed depending on the image proportions you require.
Price is for non-commercial use only.
This is a a mock-up for framed photo suggestion. I can arrange framing for Australian and USA customers. Please contact me POA