This is a pretty heart shaped keychain attachment made out of Bald Cypress Burl (Taxodium distichum). Official state tree of Louisiana, Bald Cypress is a symbol of the southern swamps. It is a conifer, but also decidous, hence the "Bald" part of it's epithet. I have worked with it's wood, I have worked with it's peculiar structure called the "cypress knees", but this is the first time I have the luxury to work with it's incredibly beautiful burl. What a luxurious experience!
The heart was cut free-hand and then hand sanded to a smooth, contoured surface, with just an oil/wax finish. It is equipped with antique bronze hardware, ready to dangle. Due to this manual process, each heart is unique. Also due to this manual process, I do not offer hearts very often. It's too much exercise for me with all that sanding and polishing! But I know, a natural, simple, meaningful, unique heart is hard to find, so here is a collection for your enjoyment. It is also good to carry a piece of real wood with you just in case you need to "knock on wood" to prevent jinxing yourself, since nowadays, with all those "alternative" materials, finding a piece of real wood could be a challenge. Great as unique wedding favors, and, of course, it is a perfect gift for that special someone who hold the key to your heart!
Dimension (widest width x thickness): 1-1/4" x 7/16"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
-- I ship via USPS First Class mail (or Priority Mail if requested). Combined shipping is the highest shipping cost plus $2 for each additional item. Free shipping for 5 or more items purchased at the same time
-- CA sale tax applies (8.25%) for shipping to CA addresses
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