Carnelian Pekapeka / Bat
I carved this pekapeka out of Carnelian (see photo). It had a recess with a natural botryoidal texture that I wanted to preserve.
I always enjoy these types of carvings. You start with a very unique shape and a rough idea of what you want to carve. Each step is often a compromise and an adaption.
There is a strong contract between the clear (chalcedony) and yellow parts (Carnelian). Both are very translucent.
You can read more about Carnelian here.
Material – NZ Carnelian (Coromandel)
Size – 65mm high
Hand plaited 4 strand adjustable grey cord
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