Archive Of Carvings From 1997 • No longer available for purchase
Frog Pacific Yew
#302 Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Gliding Through Water, 1997
The wood, Pacific Yew, was provided by Robert Erickson when he invited me to carve
a piece for the exhibit "A Celebration of Sierra Woods" at the North Columbia Schoolhouse
Cultural Center in Nevada City, California. This netsuke received a juror's award.
The subject is a foothill yellow-legged frog which is gliding through water. This species
has experienced a massive reduction in it's population in the last one hundred years
in it's Sierra foothills habitat.
The elongated form is reminiscent of the Japanese bokuto, the doctor's sword,
which in reality was not a sword but a piece of wood that was carved to look like a sword
in the earlier years of it's use. In later years, the bokuto became more decorative
and less an object that implied an ability to defend one's self.
4.6 x .6 x .4 inches
11.8 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm