You can tell winter is drawing in. I am doing more whittling around the campfire. This is a dainty cherrywood tea-spoon.
Cherry wood is prized for carving because of the rich reddish-brown colour that it takes on when it is exposed to air and age. This hardwood burns with a fragrance similar to that of the flowers. Wild cherries have been a food for several thousands of years. The sticky resin has been used by woodsman as a bitter-sweet chewing gum. It was also thought to promote a good complexion and eyesight and help to cure coughs.
Last year I carved a sakura ring in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake.
The Samurai came to take the cherry blossom as their spiritual motif. They saw in the beautiful but brief life of the sakura their own fate. The sakura falls at the height of its beauty rather than withering away.
Even though this spoon is made from wild cherry rather than japanese ornamental cherry even western folklore recognised the significance of the cherry’s bounty, beauty and all too brief life.