Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chapter VIII: Meaning Isn't the Meaning

Dutch rush (pp. 225-31), Equisetum hyemale, growing in wet sandy soil on the bank of a nearby pond:

I used Dutch rush on a lily petal a few weeks ago, not only to smooth it but to create a subtle texture (p. 230):

For more on Dutch rush, see Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving, pp. 202-4.

p. 234.  Here is the magnificent lump next the the central area of the carving, of which it is the survivor.  The platform with a nail in it once held the bunch of forget-me-nots you can see on the left hand side of the archive photograph:

p. 235.  I was able to identify the outline of the middle layer of the carving, here outlined in red.  The forward layer of forget-me-nots is outlined in green.

"Sometimes I'd return along the edge of the dizzying cliffs by the sea..." (p. 254):

Near the end of the carving, finishing the bottom layer.  "...the creature gives up the ghost and all that's left is the task" (p. 256):

The finished drop, in a niche in the garden wall outside the workroom.  A color version of the photo on p. 263.