The beauty in imperfection

Another ‘family-made’ ‘hand-made’ treasure from my cabinet for Curious Drawers today.

This is a rabbit hand-carved by my husband when he was 11 or 12 when learning wood-carving at school. He was disillusioned when he carved too hard into the side, causing a gouge mark, which he felt was a flaw he could not rectify because that would have altered the shape of the hollow too much. To me, it captures the ‘essence’ of all that is a rabbit – perfectly. Visitors wanted to hold it and the warmth of the wood, fit to the hand and ‘feel’ was much remarked on.

Just as an extra interesting note about passing on skills, his father was a craftsman and loved working with wood.

It was such a challenge responding to this one – I settled on a tag with a photo printed onto cloth and embellished with simple lines of stitch – a quiet piece, no need for more.

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