I had a short hackberry log that had stayed outside longer than usual and had some rotten sections. I chopped away the soft parts and the remains were similar to the final shape of this sculpture and there were very nice spalted* patterns. I refined the shape and added some holes and the concept of the sweeping ridges that unite the holes came to mind. The result was pleasing but something more was needed so I decided to stain the inside of the holes to differentiate the inside from the outside.
This piece shows the importance of working with the wood instead of dominating it or sticking to some preconceived design.
Weight: 10 pounds
*The organisms that cause rot add lines and color changes to wood. The variations greatly enhance otherwise ordinary wood.