Heartwood is wood that, as a result of genetically programmed processes, has died and become resistant to decay. It appears in a cross-section as a discolored circle, following annual rings in shape. Heartwood is usually much darker than still living wood, and forms with age
This beautiful dark wood is worked into objects of beauty and utility. The skilled craftsman can create a wonder that seems alive.
I have long held a fascination with the sinographs of Chinese Writing. To be even reasonably fluent in this script one must memorize from 3 to 4 thousand of these detailed logographs. A Kangxi dictionary contains approximately 47,000 distinct characters
These two concepts blend together in this creation. The character Alive created from beautiful dark wood.