As a means to gain experience with hand tools, including a variety of carving tools and chisels, we were instructed in my Wood I class to create a vessel with an inside and an outside; the inside and outside were to have different textures from one another. We were encouraged to preserve the distinct textures created through the process of carving, and were not allowed to use sand paper to smooth out any surfaces.
The vessel I created was inspired by different forms occuring in nature, specifically figs and lungs. I was drawn to these forms not only due to their shape and structure, but also because of the concepts they symbolize. Figs present themes of fertility and of 'bearing fruit', and lungs present related themes of breath and of life and death.