This is a One Of A Kind item. The pictures are not stock, what you see is what you will get.
MEANING: The wood burning of the Green Man represents the primal, active force within all things, consort of the Goddess, balancing symbol of male energy in the divine. Katrina used the "modern" definition of Green Man that seems to encompass the Green Man (Lord of Forest-Vegitation), Cernunnos (Lord of the Forest-Animals, "horned god" of Celtic polytheism) and Herne the Hunter. Thus, leaves and acorn combined with horns and deer ears.
The Triple Moon between the antlers is the nod to the Triple Moon Goddess for completeness of the energies, but this is really all about the Green Man.
The Acorn is a symbol of luck, prosperity, youthfulness and power. Within the Druidic path, the magical meaning of Acorn, as a seed, is a symbol of growth and unlimited potential. The acorn, in its dormant state, reminds us that we, too need periods of rest/dormancy and periods of growth. We must look to the oak and understand the importance of living within the seasons, with grace and harmony. The acorn teaches us about our own potential–how one acorn can grow into a massive oak and seed a whole forest. The oak tree is only partially seen–the massive root system of an oak tree is as tall and wide as the tree itself. This teaches us that there is much to living and our spiritual experiences that we can’t see, and that even though the roots can’t be seen, we can see their influence.
THE INSPIRATION: This came from living in our booth at the Maryland Renaissance Festival outside of Annapolis MD. We are there during the autumn turning of the leaves when we go from being ungodly hot to freezing! Nah…It is an absolutely beautiful time of year! Thus the inspiration! The leaves on the Greenman are from the trees surrounding our booth and the workshop behind the scenes. They are Oak, Holly, Elm and Tulip Poplar. The critters here and there in the wood burning let us share their space for a few months of the year! (hmmm…mayhap I should have included spiders!)
THE MAKING OF:
Coop cut the board for the Green Man from 1/4 inch Lauan. The wood burning was done using a Colwood “Galaxy” wood burning unit.
The leaves are given the autumn color with acrylic paints (Derivan Matisse). There was some back and forth of painting and enhancing the wood burning, but eventually it got done.
The Green Man was then finished using the Two-Varnish System. First, two coats of water-based acrylic varnish were applied. “A water-based acrylic varnish affords the work it covers substantial resistance to physical and chemical attack; however, this varnish is not completely impervious.” So, when thoroughly dried, two coats of removable solvent-based varnish was used to finish off the work. “Using a removable varnish allows this varnish to be stripped off, taking with it years of accumulated airborne rubbish, then a fresh coat applied. Because both of these varnishes are acrylic, they have the flexibility and elasticity to withstand the constant movement and expansion and contraction of most substrates. Therefore, these varnishes will not crack or show signs of stress as they age, neither will they yellow with age and they will help to protect the work from the destructive effects of ultraviolet light. This approach to finishing off an acrylic work is universally recommended by conservators the world over. More and more, the larger galleries are requiring their artists to use it.” (Two-Varnish System info from the Derivan Matisse website)
The Acorn frame for the wood burning is 2 - 2 x 12 inch cedar boards that Coop laminated together, cut out with a jigsaw (too big for the scroll saw!), and used the angle grinder for the carving. The back is key-holed for hanging. After the three sandings, Katrina wood burned the cap of the acorn. The Acorn frame is finished in a blend of clear danish oil.
SIZE: 26-1/2 inches tall by 17 inches wide, less then 2 inches depth.