These are a joy to make, always a little medative. After being hand cut. I shape them with a carving tools, each shape is a little different.
...little notes on a paper plate as I go along, words come to me, that will represent this batch.
Many hours of shaping to get them just right. I used Pine wood this year, and it has such a nice scent.
Between many layers of paints, sanding is done to get a nice feel and patina on the wood. This year I've added words, burnt in with a tool for another layer of texture. A final coating of wax and these are ready to be hung.
PS. A little gaggle of "Finial Girls" are waiting to go to the PAC Holiday show too. See more at my blog