This fella is carved from sycamore and is one of the final pieces from Powys gathered wood.
Its a larger carving through a phase of carving small sphearoblasts.
the piece is 13 1/2" tall by 3 1/2" diameter at the face. the face itself (including beard and hair) is 6 1/2 tall and 2 1/4" wide.
This picture gives a bit of scale.
This is a similar approach to the carving 'Lord of the Leaves'
Where the bark has naturally peeled back to give a great foundation for an interesting carving. By leaving as much of natures design to frame the woodwose I feel its a much more striking carving.
The contrast between the carved face and the rest of the piece is quite striking. this fella stands out from quite a distance.
In Celtic myth, the hawk was the symbol of freedom and success.
In heraldry, the hawk is the symbol of tenacity in the pursuit of an object of desire or the accomplishment of a mission. The hawk is also an emblem of fidelity, for with few exceptions, the hawk has one mate for life. It is therefore a strong Celtic symbol. Surrounded by Futhark runic symbols leaving a medieval feel to the carving.
Finished in Danish oil with the possibility of hanging either indoor or out, this carving is a lovely piece that may stay away from the Folksy Shop just like the 'Lord of The Leaves' has.
your comments are as always welcome.