My cottonwood bark is responsibly sourced from possibly centuries-old Aspen trees.
Only when they reach the end of their lives will they begin shedding their Jurassic-looking bark allowing me to locate and collect this majestic wood.
I clean the bark onsite only taking the very most unique pieces back to my workshop to clean further and prepare for carving by hand.
Please feel free to design your own and commission me to personalize a piece for you.
Cottonwoods are commonly found along streams or rivers because they tolerate wet conditions. In fact, the sight of a row of cottonwoods in the distance was welcomed by pioneers and wagon train scouts, as it signified water on an often parched prairie and offered shade and wood for campfires.
American pioneers used the cottonwood’s leaves for animal fodder and herbal teas, its canopy for shelter and its wood for fire and crafts.
Cottonwoods consume large amounts of water in their growth cycle; a mature cottonwood tree uses 200 gallons of water a day!
The cottonwood tree is sacred to many Native Americans and they have many old stories they tell about this tree. Its roots were used for carving kachina dolls, masks, and other ceremonial objects by the Hopi, Pueblo, and Navajo tribes. It is a medicine tree in many Plains Indian tribes, with sacred poles and sun dance artifacts made from cottonwood trunks and branches. In this region, the Ho-Chunk carved dugout canoes from cottonwood trees. Cottonwood bark and leaves were also used as medicinal herbs by many different tribes, particularly to treat wounds and swelling. The sticky resin from the buds were used as a type of glue. They also made a yellow dye from the buds. Native children made toy tipis and toy moccasins from the leaves and gathered the seeds to use as chewing gum-like treats. Girls and young women used the leaves as a type of whistle to make a bird like sound.
Balm of Gilead is one remedy made from the fragrant buds of the tree. It has many uses and is believed to be anti-inflammatory with anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Herbalist today still use the cottonwood tree for many remedies
wood is an organic material, and it is a strong symbol of life, growth, and strength. Any piece of wood used in the construction of my carvings went through a life cycle. It had to grow strong from seed to tree, and this metamorphosis really relates to people in a very special way.
Feathers are powerful symbol of hope and spiritual growth. A feather is communication from the higher heavenly realms. Birds are free to fly and they represent freedom, and birds are extremely spiritual animals. ... Birds represent good luck and prosperity, love and an abundance of wealth and knowledge.
The Green Man, and very occasionally the Green Woman, is a legendary being primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. ... Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetation deities. The Green Man is believed to symbolise the cycle of life, death and re-birth. The symbol of Godhood within the male and its relationship with the transcendent life force our Goddess, the female expression of divinity. He is a Pagan symbol who heralds Spring after a long winter and the renewal of lush vegetation.
Many different cultures throughout history have believed that "Spirits" inhabit the trees of the forest. ... The legend of the wood spirits marked with an effigy, carving or containing naturally appearing images of spirits, are considered very good luck.
THE LEGEND OF THE WOOD SPIRIT
It goes by several names: Wood Spirit, Wild Man, Savage Man, Woodwose. Whatever you call it, the next time you are strolling through the woods, keep an eye out for one of these elusive creatures.
Most often glimpsed as a green man with leaves for his beard and hair, the Wood Spirit is said to be Lord of the Forest and Natural Things. Seeing one is said to be quite a lucky thing, and European villagers used to go out on regular hunts, hoping to find a Wood Spirit to foretell the future of their village.
They are extremely strong. Wood Spirits can tear an opponent limb from limb and can tame any wild animal, including ferocious dragons and skittish unicorns. At the same time, they are gentle with the maidens, children, and men of good heart.
It is said that the forest will stand for as long as the Wood Spirit remains to keep order. And if you're lucky enough to see one, health happiness, and good fortune will be yours. However, that does not happen often. Wood Spirits would rather see than be seen. Most sightings are by children or by the pure of heart.
When you take your Wood Spirit home, give it a place of honor. Include the Wood Spirit in the audience when you tell jokes (Wood Spirits have a delightful sense of humor). If you do these things, your Wood Spirit will bring his gentle wisdom, humor, and luck into your home.
Once upon a time, hiding in the grass, in the woods, and anywhere there was space, there lived these magical beings called fairies. Unfortunately, as enchanting as these diminutive creatures were, they lacked certain skills. Fairies were not known to be competent builders. So instead of living in elaborate, well-constructed houses, they made due with whatever dwelling they could find.
Instead, they survive the cold and rain by finding shelter in the unsuspecting places of the human world: computers, cars, and even sweater drawers. (You think its moths eating holes in your sweaters? Guess again.) You may notice your, appliances and cars breaking down, and computers crashing. Fairies are often to blame. While these mischievous characters only seek solace and safety under the hood of your car, etc, they'll haplessly break all that you own in the process. It's not malicious intent on the part of the fairies. They simply need help-that is, a place to lay their heads at night, like humans.
For centuries, mankind has been fascinated by the mystifying legend of fairies, of so-called “wee folk” who can be kind to us humans or be mean and mischievous.
While concrete evidence of the existence of fairies is, naturally, rather hard to come by, adding fairy gardens within our landscapes is one way to we can participate in this beautiful centuries-old tradition.
And creating these garden areas of whimsy takes little more than a tad of fairy knowledge, a bit of imagination, and a small patch of space in your landscape or home.
Fairys tend to dream a dream to be the best they can be and to have arborbarba personally build them their own homes, more often than not they ask me to build them a village for all there friends and family. why not design your own? ill be happy to create for you and your resident fairys.
Foxhounds & Terrier in the kennel.