Sprout

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“Sprout”, pear wood

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16 Comments on “Sprout

  1. After studying “Sprout”, I remain mystified. What did this incredible spoon look like on the tree? It’s name is perfect…magically sprouting from the trunk and a limb? Or from a thick then whittled branch? And about those top leaves???? And the initials carved on it’s curves?
    As usual with your work, Jack….there’s a story here! This spoon seems to be visiting us from the land of your puppets. It’s really beautiful!

    • Thank you, Jana. It came from a little chunk of pear wood that a friend delivered to me- he found it after a storm in Wichita. It was near a branching section of the tree- so it made for some lovely character in the wood. Made for an old friend, I carved it down to look like a sprouting twig from a piece of fruit. I thought about a couple of miracles as I was making it, Jana: the seemingly “mundane” miracle of a seed bursting into a sapling- and the more dramatic miracle-manifestation of Aaron’s staff sprouting, a sign of his and the Levite’s priesthood. I kept thinking of Robin Hood’s arrow for some reason too- i am not sure- the visual memory kept coming up.

      • Wow Jack…all good company while whittling. I looked at this with fresh eyes today and Robin Hood’s arrow went whizzing by….straight as the shaft of the spoon. Those leavers on the end directing it right to the target. I think we share a fondness for the stories trees spell xxoo

      • leavers? I sound tipsy! purely a spelling error, or, perhaps a dialect from the deep woods of Appalachia? Those leavers on the end….

      • Actually, I kind of like “leavers”, Jana. I thought you meant it as a play on words between levers and leaves- leaves leveraging against the air, steering away towards… well, Appalachia I guess.

  2. As usual, I am spellbound by this artwork. The creativity amazes me and I’m always left wanting to gain the story that inspired this work. You are an outstanding artist, Jack. I can’t wait for the next presentation!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment with such kind words. This spoon I carved for an old and good friend of mine. Find my response to J.H. White’s comment for some of the story behind it.

  3. Truly a beautiful piece of art, my friend. I am pretty fired up about this object! Once again, you’ve made an heirloom piece to be cherished and loved and taken care of. Thank you!

  4. That is your best spoon yet! And that in itself…. speaks volumes. Beautiful and soulful work.

    • Thanks Steven, it does seem to have become more than it is. It is nice when that happens.

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