I have never carved Jelutong before and I was intrigued by the wood and where it came from. If you have ever seen wooden clogs, used a product where during design a wooden pattern was created, chewed chewing gum, visited Penang, you may have had a brush with Jelutong, yet the name of the tree is not well known to us.
The inscription on the back of the piece is from a favourite song:
There's spirits above and behind me
Faces gone black, eyes burning bright
May their precious blood bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery light
A dream of life
As well as the Woodwose inscription
If alone in the woods most of us are all capable of feeling 'that something around still and watching' is that not true?
The hair is thin steel wire that will over the next few months rust, the following picture is of a wire flower I made from the same type of wire and has been in the garden for a while. I have added it here to give you an example of the color that the hair will eventually turn.
Let me know what you think.