Took our little motor home out for it's maiden trip of the year. As is my usual approach to camping I find a chunk of wood and start whittling away by the campfire. This is my first attempt at carving redbud. Found a little branch in a trimmings pile from last fall. I was told by the Naturalist at the visitor center where I found it, it was cut around 6 months ago. Seems to be a very clear wood with little grain, similar to basswood but much harder. The way the piece of wood hooks away from the face I see a naturally shaped gnome's hat. This piece may make a good hiking staff topper or maybe a flower basket guardian. Here's the start.
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