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Honeycomb Heart Rattle

By DonSimpson
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Rattle in the shape of a heart with a honeycomb hole pattern, about 2-1/2 inches high, 1-1/4 inches thick.

Olive wood, with a thin walnut wood back as a sounding board; 32 4mm glass balls inside; brass tube crosses interior hollow to hold cord. Handrubbed beeswax finish. Produces various sounds depending on orientation, and direction and speed of shaking. The carving shape and texturing look better in person.

(Also, because this image was made on a scanner, with the piece face down, if you look carefully you can see some of the glass balls resting on the inside of the holes...)

There is a poem, Anoche Cuando Dormia, by Antonio Machado, which has lovely imagery.
Here is one verse:
Anoche cuando dormía / soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!, 
que una colmena tenía / dentro de mi corazón; 
y las doradas abejas / iban fabricando en él, 
con las amarguras viejas, / blanca cera y dulce miel.
There have been many tries at translating it; here is one:
Last night, asleep, I dreamed - blessed illusion! -
That there was a hive inside my heart,
And the golden bees in there were making,
Out of old bitterness, white wax and sweet honey.
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nightserpent's avatar
Lovely!  How appropriate is it to have the bee theme in both the design and finish! :)
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keight's avatar
Well done, Don. The carving compliments the wood grain beautifully.
Ensomniac's avatar
Cool idea, great work!
RobertSpickard's avatar
Wonderful design, Don, as always!
Chrysalid-of-Ink's avatar
A question about this piece. I'm a lover of bees and have always wanted to try beekeeping or even visiting an apiary to get a hands on experience. This is a beautiful sculpture and was curious that if you were to sell it, how much would you normally charge? I can't buy this, but knowing a price benefits if I ever could  buy in the future. :)
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At this time, it would be $80. But I am donating it to a charity auction.
Scarlet-Nokitsune's avatar
This scared me at first. But now that I know what it is, it's really cool!
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