As a girl I remember keeping a miniature notebook in which I meticulously drew each wildflower and weed in the order that it bloomed. Summers at the swimming hole I would use an old inner-tube to silently circle the edge, sneaking up on bullfrogs and pausing to memorize the shape of their shiny eyes and earnest expressions.
I am still fascinated by the plant and animal worlds around me, and by the individuality of their forms, habits, and expressions. Translating what I see to a block of wood allows me to distill the elements of my enjoyment, and to share that enjoyment with others.
I hand-carve each piece in a technique similar to preparing a wood block for printing. However, the block itself is the end product, and the texture and character of the wood and the carving marks become integral to the finished piece.
Please contact me with questions about pricing and availability. Custom orders are also welcome.
You can also find a small selection of currently available pieces on my Etsy site at: www.ryestraw.etsy.com