There is something grand about oak leaves.They seem to be an ambassador for the cycle of life that occurs among the branches of trees with strong foundations.
Walter has been drawn as an artist to leaves from the beginning. He uses no molds, but instead hammer sculpts each curve and fold by eye and hand. Just as in nature each one has a unique finger print formed by fire and hammer. They are small works of art that require time. I compare them to a quilt block that has 2000 stitches inside a 6 inch square. Forging is a very labor intensive process.
This piece features two full grown oak leaves with 4 fruit hanging from its stem. Careful attention to detail show in the textures that have been applied to each leaf, acorn and stem. The Leaves are finished in multiple layers of green bees wax. A non-acid dye oxide was used to apply the yellow spots that appeared on our leaves after last years drought. The stems have a brown dye oxide base with over coats of brown and black bees wax. Bees wax protects the ironwork from natural moisture in the air. Colored bees wax accents the natural shadows and colors left by the fire.
This work is approximately 7" x 6" and stands about 2" off of a surface. It is made to hang on a wall and will be lovely with a grouping of favorite pieces. Or it will lay on a table as a statement piece.
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*Hand forged by artisan blacksmith Walter Howell on Sand Mountain. Crafted by skilled hands with pride of workmanship in the USA.
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