They were more than pleased with the present, and less than one year later they gave birth to a great son.
They designed me to be his godfather...
Now let me be a guy who believes in the positive energy of wood and the value of gifts coming straith from the heart.
So I wanted to give my newborn friend a kind of something special to be his companion during his first years.
I thought about a custom Bowie-knife.
But a Bowie-knife above the cradle wouldn't probably have been a great idea...
I decided to make something more peaceful.
I made a dreamcatcher.
Dreamcatchers are beautiful features designed to hang in children's sleeping place, at reach of sunset's rays.
In Native American cultures they're believed to capture bad dreams at night and be purified with the first sunrays of the new day.
You'll find thousands of dreamcatchers. All different in style, colour, pattern & size, but I'm quite sure there's only one like this ;)
Hope you like it!
Step 1: Harvesting the natural elbow
You can make the hoop with whatever you want. Many people use willow or vine, but I decided to make the hoop from olive - the same type of wood as Bacchus' calumet. Too bad not from the same tree.
I planned to use one single natural wooden elbow - with 3 bows you make a circle.
Natural elbows are fascinating features on a tree. They mark the moment at which the tree decided to change direction.
Using just one single elbow to make a hoop is kind of spiritual. It symbolizes growing up, making decisions, learning & changing directions but never forgetting roots & basics'.
Or how a wooden hoop becomes a metaphor for life...
So the day my friends son was born I took free at work and instead of reparing stuff I spent the day in South France's outback to find the perfect elbow for my newborn friend.
If you want to know more about responsable elbow harvesting you can visit previous I'bles like 'natural elbow boomerang' and 'kuksa carving'.
Result of that spring day in may: I got a beautiful elbow...