Paisley Sculpture 1

A new piece - a paisley sculpture carved in relief out of maple and mahogany.

The mahogany pedestal features rosettes and small chip-carved patterns incorporating incisions. The paisley piece rests in a bed of felt.

Here is a small sampling of the detail work on the pedestal.

And a small video of the carving process.


Jewelry Tray

A small study in paisleys - I’ve been developing a uniquely Persian / Indian form of scroll work incorporating elements from Indian embroidery.

On exhibit at the Bay Area Woodworking Association this month.

And here’s a build video:


Mahogany Paisley Carving

I carved this out of a slab of mahogany. The paisley shape originated in Persia, was adopted heavily in Indian design, is a regular feature in henna and other art forms, and was adopted heavily by the print industry in Glasgow.

For this couple that contributed heavily to my life and my mental health, this was my way of saying thanks.

I was operating on a very tight deadline so I couldn’t clean things up as much as I wanted.

As we say, the next piece will always be better.


Henna Baby Elephant

I just finished this new piece. Smaller versions were made for friends’ birthdays. The larger version was etched using a laser cutter on this beautiful piece of birch I found.



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