I was looking at our stunning hand-carved products and thought wow, people actually carve these, how long must it take to make even one?
Without doing any research on how it's done or the tools that I would need I set off to start a project for myself. I went to my front patio and looked down at the Christmas tree that we had dumped five months ago.
I took the tree from the pot, started to get rid of mud from the surround root, after cleaning it, I had to decide on how big the root log should be, and I cut it as clean as possible using a handsaw.
Not knowing what I was going to carve, it looked like a perfect lamp and as I started carving, that is what I was working towards, however with no electrical knowledge myself, even knowing an electrician, and the lack of tools I decided that if I was to make a stunning wood log lamp it might end up as one of those projects that never get finished.
Using nothing other than a blunt chisel and a hammer I started taking off pieces of bark to reveal the natural wood underneath.
This was a whole lot of fun but I admit it was very hard work due to the labour and the constant mess, it took two full days to complete.
Whilst scraping off the bark I tried to visualise what I could make, there was one piece that to me that resembled a trunk from an elephant and so I went with it and started planning where the legs would go with a pencil etc and began chipping parts of wood away.
After carving out all of the wood from in-between the figures legs, I stood it up and it was extremely slanted, I then chopped the longer ones to make it even, gave it an all-round sand to remove rough sharp edges, and flaky pieces of wood.
I wiped off the dust and finished it by rubbing avocado oil all over which brought out the woods natural grain.
As you can see it has undergone quite a lot of processing, and again this was a lot of fun but I will either have to get some better tools or simply leave it the professionals.
WARNING: make sure you follow safety procedures when making anything, use protective glasses, gloves, or mask when appropriate. Be extremely careful when handling tools and if in doubt consult a professional.