I'm more than pleased with the beautiful grain and colourful figure of the birch used for this year's spoon. It is gorgeous stuff!! Like last year's spoon, the carving has gone very well and the wood seems to handle all the various design ideas without getting crumbly or cracking. I think it will be a lovely spoon when it is done!
I really sweated about carving Laura's Daffodil design...both because we worked together on last year's spoon and I know how elegant and delicate she makes her flowers and because I decided not to fret cut through the design. Usually Laura's flowers have their surroundings cut away so that they can stand proud without the weight of the background pulling them down. This year I didn't do that, so there was pressure on me to get the flowers nice and light and not have the background become too obtrusive. Hopefully, I've done it right and Laura will be happy with it.... otherwise it is back to the drawing board for me!!! I positioned the Daffs design at the foot of the dragon's body so as to make a symbolic link with the ground. I also thought the earth makes the right metaphor for growth and that is what our Eisteddfods have been all about over these last 3 years!!