I can't believe how wonderful our weather is at the moment. I've been enjoying the solitude in my little Studio in the garden and have been getting down to the business of working on my lovely wooden pieces.
The first piece was a simple square block with the most lovely grain and I knew I didn't want to paint over the whole thing. The black lines are called 'spalting' which comes from a form of fungus growing in the dead wood. This piece is most likely Maple and as I sat with it on my desk for a week or so, it came to me that it would make a good backdrop for Totorro, the character created by Hayao Miyazaki. My dear one routed the back so that I could make this into a clock and I must say I'm very happy with it :D