Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Something Other Than a Card
Good morning to all my awesome blogging friends! Today I have something special to show you. This gorgeous diamond willow lamp was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law.
My daughter has been enjoying this hobby for many years and has crafted some magnificent works of art such as lamps, picture frames, candle holders, canes and free-standing coat hangers. She has piqued my son-in-law's interest in this craft as well and it's something they enjoy doing together when they are not canoeing, hunting, camping, etc., etc. The base of the lamp features stones collected along the shores of Lake Superior...she loves collecting agates!
Diamond willow is not a species of willow, but a result of an attack by one or more types of fungus on several pieces of willow. The diamonds are more elongated ovals with pointed ends, but they can also be short and wide. No two are ever alike.
She finds the willow in the swamps in Minnesota. Good quality willow can be found in swamps or along riverbanks. It is an excellent wood to work with and especially great for carving.
Thank you for visiting, dear friends. Hope you have an enjoyable day. Much love, Christina