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Possum in the Gums on a Chopping Board by aussiebushstick

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Pyrography or woodburning onto a Camphor Laurel chopping board. 12" across at the widest point. (30 cms).

Camphor Laurel is a weed around here (Gold Coast, Qld). I was given a few chopping boards that were going to be thrown out, because they did not sell at the markets. After reading up on the dangers this wood can be to children, I thought it should not be used for food. So this one is an experiment to see how it would look hanging in the kitchen.

I would be interested in your opinions. (My husband said it looks like bat wings). LOL.

Hi, my name is Robyn J. Blackford. I am a retired nurse who loves photography, pyrography and writing. I live with my husband in the rainforest of Tallebudgera Valley in Queensland, Australia.

All my photos are what I see through the lens.

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  • WesternArt
    WesternArtalmost 4 years ago

    Oh Robyn it is just beautiful. Such a sweet little fellow.

  • Thank you Rosemaree. :) You make me smile. Robyn.

    – aussiebushstick

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful piece and I have to agree with your husband I thought the leaves were the wings.

  • lol, could be a male thing. Sam, I appreciate your comment. Robyn :)

    – aussiebushstick

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago


  • My pleasure with the submission, and thanks for your awwwwwwwwwww, lol. Robyn.

    – aussiebushstick

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

  • AWESOME! Thank you SO MUCH Deborah :)

    – aussiebushstick

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    love the shpae and grain of the board and your art really sets it off!

  • Thank you :) The camphor laurel has beautiful grain through it. I wish I could show you the aussie animals my husband handcarves with it.

    – aussiebushstick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great work and well deserved.

  • Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words :) Robyn.

    – aussiebushstick

  • sandygrafik
    sandygrafikabout 2 years ago

    This is beautiful… what a lovely piece of art! Absolutely love your use of a chopping board as your canvas… so creative! By the way, I totally agree with your husband… when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a bat!

  • LOL. Yes, it still looks like bat wings, hanging in our kitchen. Thank you SO much for your awesome comment. Sorry this reply is late…don’t know how I missed it. The comments usually come through my email. Saw this when I replied to the next comment below. Love your work, by the way. Robyn :)

    – aussiebushstick

  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejabout 2 years ago

    I reckon it looks great,i think some detail above his head would be nice only because in the little thumnail picture i first saw i thought he was a bat too, lol…Deej.

  • Hi Deej, LOL. Yes, I wondered that myself. It was just the possum at first, but it looked so bare. Then I added the gum leaves and saw the wings. So I added the nuts…sigh. After it had been waxed, there was no going back to add or change it. Burning has to be done on a clean sanded surface. Great learning curve. Thanks for your visit and comment. Much appreciated. Robyn :)

    – aussiebushstick

  • gillyisme53
    gillyisme53almost 2 years ago

    love this is it on camphor chopping board love your work and also enjoy your passions for photography and pyrography but i have only just started to do it love the stuff you do and live in elanora

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, it is on a camphor chopping board, woodburining was done before it got oiled. So, you are a local. I have friends in Elanora. Lovely place. Thanks for your visit. Robyn :)

    – aussiebushstick

  • Matsumoto
    Matsumotoalmost 2 years ago

    Great work! Congratulations on your wonderful feature.

  • Thank you. I really appreciate your vistit and kind words. Robyn :)

    – aussiebushstick

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