The very idea of making trees from wood never fails to make me ridiculously happy. I guess it’s the redundancy of the phrase “wooden tree” – a certain share of absurdity always gives things a heart-warming tinge for me.
I made the first one of those trees about a year ago, it was a gift for my mother’s birthday. I wanted something warm, wooden and natural, with a clear simple silhouette – something small to be worn with a black dress. I wanted a wood that would show up well against black, so it had to be relatively light in color, and I wanted a very distinct wooden texture, something that would spell “wood”, even when you cast the briefest glance at it, so no wonder, that I chose oak for the project.
A few days ago K. wrote to me asking, if I could make another tree pendant – for her boyfriend. I had almost forgotten about my previous little tree, so when she sent me a picture of it, it was like meeting a good old friend, and I was so excited at the prospect of making another one, that I ended up instantly sketching two. I had some oak my colleague D. had given me after paneling his apartment walls, and it was just what I needed.
I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the temptation of making a few more of these in the near future. Besides oak, I’m thinking of trying some darker and denser woods which will allow me to make the trees a bit smaller and more delicate (though I love the rustic look of the oak ones). I have an excellent bit of african blackwood, and I suspect it might have been waiting just for that.