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Ruby Blossom Sculpture

Wood Platter

Created by Keoni Carlson
Carved wood re-imagined to appear as woven and beaded basketry. Ideal as a centerpiece, tabletop sculpture, or wall hanging.

The Pima North American Indians traditionally lived along the Gila and Salt rivers in what is now Arizona. Trays, such as this, were the most common of Pima basketry forms. Squash blossom designs were a frequent motif as the vegetable was central to the diet and life of the Pima and other Pueblo tribes of the Southwest. Squash was cultivated long before the other of the three sister plants, corn and beans. Squash blossoms were also common decoration during ceremonial dances, particularly those honoring the night sky.

A block of sugar maple is spun on a lathe and turned to create the canvas. Spokes and rings are then individually carved. Following a resting period, the wood moisture content is stabilized at 7000' altitude at the artist's Colorado mountain home. Once seasoned, the artwork is moved from the wood shop to the finishing studio, where the design is burned onto the wood using 1/8" straight lines then colored with hand-applied India inks.

Signed and numbered limited edition of 50. Made to order. Size, color, and design will vary slightly.

Not food or microwave safe; hand wash.

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