This is a pretty heart shaped keychain attachment made out of Manzanita burl (Arctostaphylos pungens). Manzanitas are the most picturesque trees around here. The reddish, peeling bark trunks twist and turn, give the tree a weathered look with a lot of character. They grow in abundant here on the hillsides, but all my attemp to grow them in my garden has not been successful. My failure to domesticate this species heighten my appreciation for them. I like both its character and attitude. Manzanita wood is high on my favorite list. It is very dense with a beautiful dark red color. Trouble is the wood does not behave. The twisted trunks are small to begin with, and tend to split like crazy when dried. Thus, a large chunk of dried manzanita wood is a rare commodity. This red heart was fashioned out of the Manzanita burl with subtle pattern.
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 3/8"
-- 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