Steam Bent and Sculpted Baby Cradle with Carved Birds
I began stumbling down this path a decade ago making a cradle for my first granddaughter Emma. I have to say it was challenging. I had taken on something beyond my skills. I thought perhaps I could make beauty solely for the sake of beauty – that I would be overcome with reverie and ease and purpose. But it worked out to be mostly a struggle. It was long hard days with few successes and lots of discouragement. In the end, Emma was gifted with a lovely cradle, which I expect will be treasured for generations. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to have been guided and inspired by a long list of talented and dedicated people. Notably, the Southwest School of Woodworking, and all the instructors and guest instructors there have helped me greatly. I’ve learned a lot, my skills have improved, and there are now even times when I find a measure of ease in my craft. A second granddaughter and a great niece, Ellie and Penny, have since been gifted with lovely heirloom cradles, and most recently, my great nephew, Elijah, received this one. Cradle V is currently underway and up for grabs. You all know what to do.
Rocking gently. Photograph by Doug Forsha. De La Madera
Flame walnut. Photograph by Doug Forsha. De La Madera
Spiriting into life. Photograph by Doug Forsha. De La Madera
Beauty. Photograph by Doug Forsha. De La Madera
Cradle maker. Photograph by Doug Forsha. De La Madera