I don’t think these were the first pair of carved hearts I made, but it was certainly a while ago. I had fun building in a twist to the hearts. Entirely hand-made, lovely little wooden hearts. I’m not sure of the wood, but it was probably something from the garden. I’m much better at these now, and use them as wedding presents and so on. If you’re attending some upcoming nuptuals, you can commission me to make some through the Etsy Shop here.
I sometimes carve interlocking hearts from a single block of wood, as wedding presents. In this case, I think the wood came from an off-cut of a lovely looking banister rail that we used to make a leg for a folding desk on a friend’s narrowboat. It’s got a beautiful rich colour, and I’d be interested to know how it oxidises over time – I suspect it’ll get redder than the fresh-cut colour.
Presentation can be an interesting problem. In this case I part-polished a shard of oak, recovered from decades of burial in anoxic stinky creek mud and naturally stained. Beautiful stuff, takes an incredible polish. A buttery ribbon, and it’s all ready.