Swallows Mobile


Photographs above courtesy of Alistair Hamilton of Eurgain Studio

“They’ve made it again,
Which means the globe’s still working”

This mobile was loosely inspired by the Ted Hughes poem “The Swifts” .

The birds, however, are Swallows because they are the birds which, for me, show the arrival of spring and they always call to mind the lines above.

The birds are made from black walnut, black walnut veneer and sycamore veneer.  The wings and tails are bent and laminated and then trimmed, while the bodies are carved from slid wood.  I wanted the movement to be circular to follow the poem rather than the varied motion of more conventional mobiles, hence the central circle and perspex rays.

Elm Casket

I bought a large lump of Burr Elm from a woodyard last year.  It took me a while to decide how I wanted to use it and the idea of this casket box had been with me for a while.  My wife says it looks like an ark of the covenant but I just thought it was a nice way to show off the beauty of the burr.

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Some Smaller Boxes

These boxes are made using Larch for their basic construction, then a variety of veneers for the lids.  Finally I’ve added some glass samples which Gunta Krumins very kindly let me have some time ago to provide the main lid decoration.  For some boxes I’ve used a hand-cast pewter bird instead of a glass panel.

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