Hand Carved Desert Ironwood Busts
Each piece is hand carved from a solid piece of one of the most beautiful hardwoods in the world, what we know as Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota). This tree grows only in southern Arizona and California and a small area in the very northwest part of Mexico, primarily in the Sonoran Desert. Carving of this dense and beautiful wood started with the Seri Indians, a small tribe that lives in that area. Wood is gathered from naturally fallen trees and through long hours of carving, hand sanding and polishing, the beautiful burl and distinctive grain inherent to Ironwood appears.
These pieces are carved in Mexico by members of that same group of people. We have chosen two of our customers' favorite animals, the African Elephant and the Cape Buffalo. Since these are hand carved of a natural material, there will be small differences in the wood grain and in the carving itself. The unfinished backside shows the natural structure of the wood. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Each measures 4-1/2" x 6" x 6". Weighs about 2 lbs. Polish with a soft cloth and occasionally apply a light coat of neutral paste-type shoe wax.
Hand Carved Desert Ironwood Busts Elephant
Hand Carved Desert Ironwood Busts Buffalo