The joy of wood

Wooden games pieces of all shapes and sizes. Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and draughts. A dice rolled onto 5. A wooden kiss from a friend. And a tiny train pulling two carriages.

Wooden games pieces, scrabble, wooden scrabble, chequers, wooden dice

Bamboo bangles, calligraphy brush and clothes pegs. Gourds intricately etched with fabulous tales: Monkey flying through the clouds with his sword, and an ethereal lady poised in front of a mountain.

bamboo pegs, bamboo brush, calligraphy brush, gourd, carved gourd, bamboo bangles, bamboo bracelet

Practical kitchen items. Some, sadly not so common any more. A butter pat (one of a pair), bamboo tongs, a salt spoon, large multi-purpose wooden spoon, an Indian pastry brush, a Japanese polished spoon, one of a pair of salad servers bought in a flea market, and my child-sized rolling pin from when I was little. 

Wooden spoon, salt spoon, butter pat, bamboo tongs, oil brush, rolling pin, salad servers

Wooden buttons and toggles. So many colours, textures, shapes and uses. And a wooden thimble to save fingers from getting pricked.

Wooden buttons, wooden toggles, wooden thimble, thimble, vintage buttons

Wooden animals from my childhood. Some of them given to us as hand-ons from other families. Many made in Camphill Communities by intellectually disabled people, others bought in a Steiner shop in Germany when I was five. Foxes sitting and on the move, a hippo, a chicken, a donkey, two bear cubs, a camel, a rhino, horses, leaping squirrels, pigs and a curly horned ram.

Wooden animals, carved, Steiner, Waldorf, toys

Wooden pencils for colouring and sketching, bamboo paint brushes, an elephant bookmark and a giraffe that belonged to my grandfather that lives on my desk.

Wooden pencils, bamboo brush, calligraphy brush, Steiner, Waldorf, giraffe, elephant

Pattern makers. A block for printing Tibetan prayer flags. Smaller block prints from Rajasthan. A rolling pin and square, both carved with birds, flowers, fruit and animals, used for making German Springerle cookies. Two bamboos pierced with a pattern of holes, used for making the elaborate kolam designs outside of South Indian homes (although in reality they’re mostly done precisely by hand). And an old Tibetan press, perhaps for decorating butter torma sculptures.

Wooden biscuit press, mould, prayer flag, Tibetan, Indian, Rajasthan, printing blocks, rangoli, German, rolling pin, butter

Prayer beads from India. Carved sandalwood separated with orange knots, rudraksha malas, and polished rosewood-coloured beads.

Prayer beads, mala, wooden, wood, rudraksha

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7 Responses to The joy of wood

  1. Amy says:

    I love your colour/texture palettes Luce, they’re really beautiful and inspiring. I feel a book coming on…! 😉 I have another idea for your palettes: seeds! lots of love and talk proper later on xxx

  2. Lucy Patterson says:

    Hi Aim! Thanks for your lovely feedback and support. It means a lot to me.
    Seeds! Great idea! I’ll have a sort through our “seed bank” and see what I can find. Talk soon! Lucy xxx

  3. Skyler says:

    I love this! reminds me of all the wonderful wood we had around growing up. Also, the way you put these together and the different uses of wood is beautiful, C

  4. Anna says:

    These little collections are very evocative, and beautiful. My mum has a salt spoon just like yours….seeing it brings back gorgeous memories of helping her cook when I was little. Thank you.

  5. Lucy Patterson says:

    Hi Anna. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the collections of objects I put together and that the little salt spoon brought back such happy memories for you. Thanks for taking the time to share. Lucy : )

  6. Roman says:

    Hi,
    the foxes, bears and piglet where made by Woodpecker in Scotland (connected to Camphill by philosophy, but independent form it). The others I don’t know. But I would like to know, because I also have some of the sheep and chicken of the smaller kind. (and my kids have loads of Woodpecker toys).
    Thank you
    Roman

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