Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All about the bird...

Hello! Time to show off the work of my wonderfully talented husband..whoohhoo!! So, I have always fancied the Eames black bird...

"Charles and Ray Eames collected numerous objects from their travels. The figure of a black wooden bird, an object of American folk art from the Appalachian Mountains, has stood in the centre of their living room for over fifty years. The bird is also seen in many of the Eameses’ photographs. Based on the original artifact and in cooperation with the Eames Family, Vitra is now producing the first series of this figure."

from the Eames Gallery website


Anyway, Vitra slap a whacking 200 dollar plus charge on this little bird so my lovely husband decided to carve one for me...much more special and priceless really :)

He had a block of lime wood (which is a lovely soft wood) in his "studio" (read "shed"..heehee) and he finely hand carved and honed this beautiful bird for me for our fifth wedding anniversary. He used coat hanger wire for the legs and finished it off with a high gloss black lacquer spray.

I love him so much and love my black bird too! (my photos don't really do it justice)...I hope you like it just as much as I do! Here she is...







Oh yes...her name is Harriet :)

9 comments:

Casie said...

What a handy man! The bird is gorgeous. A lovely anniversary present indeed.

Catherine said...

Oh this is so beautiful Martina. What a wonderful gift, you have a very talented husband! Handmade gifts are always the best. I hope you're having a great week.

Gigi said...

I absolutely LOVE Harriet! Your husband is very talented and very sweet to have carved her for you. I'm a big fan of Charles & Ray Eames, so this post really tickles my fancy! xo Gigi

Christina said...

Harriet is gorgeous!
You are a lucky girl!
xo

Amanda Nicole said...

Oh wow, what a talented hubby, and very lucky girl! She's really beautiful.

Jac said...

Woweeee! Martina, this is brilliant, your husband is totally talented and what a beautiful gift for your 5th wedding anniversary. So lovely that he made you something special, just wow... :)

It followed me home said...

Lucky girl! What a talented hubby; Harriet is lovely!

bethany said...

Oh, Martina, this is SUCH a wonderfully sweet and memorable gift. I hope it's something that stays safe and sound for decades...and maybe becomes a little family heirloom. :)

Cheryl said...

getting caught up on blog reading. feel guilty. LOVE LOVE this bird! So sweet.