Hand carved wooden shoehorns
I have been collecting branches from Pacific Northwest hardwood trees for three decades. When I find one that seems particularly interesting I set it aside until it is thouroughly cured and ready to be worked. Whatever I decide to make from one of these branches, I let the shape and grain patterns in the branch influence the look of the final piece as much as possible, leaving the most distinctive parts of the branch - bits of bark, worm holes, knots, and scars - largely as they appeared in the original branch.
This 13.5 inch shoehorn was carved from a wild cherry branch from one of my own trees that came down during a storm.
This shoehorn is almost fifteen inches long and was carved from a branch of a Pacific yew tree that was cut down to make way for a home on Vashon Island, WA .
This sixteen inch curly maple shoehorn is made from a branch of a tree that had to be removed to make room for my home on Maury Island, WA .
I carved this seventeen inch long shoehorn from a branch of a Pacific yew tree that was cut down to make way for a home on Vashon Island, WA .
Eighteen inch Pacific yew shoehorn
This 13.5 inch shoehorn was carved from granadillo, a a particularly hard wood native to Central America that is widely used for fretboards on fine guitars.
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