This is beautiful...I had a pet seahorse when I was a kid and I kept it in a little bucket while I was staying on a friends boat. I woke up in the middle of the night and checked the bucket and it was empty...they poured the water out into the sea and I cryed all night long.
When I work on roots, the longest thing to do is clean off the dead, non-carvable wood. Some woods I can use a pressure washer on, but not Mesquite. Just the seahorse root took 20 hours to clean, maybe 5 hours to carve and another 12 to polish and seal. What you don't see in that photo is the rest of the piece, it's mounted on a Live Oak root, with cooper sea weeds, total time 75+ hrs.
thanks for sharing. it is so amazing what comes out of the wood. just think if you wouldn't have seen the sea horse in the wood, it might have ended up in a fireplace. that is what my husband is so amazed with the logs he cuts for me. they come out so different. it's like opening a gift each time.