Owl on Acacia Wood



The owl is my own design in the tradition of cave art. Burnt umber is painted on to the stone,
then I carve in to the surface to create the lines and details.

I hand cut the slate stone into either an octagon or circle, depending on denseness of the stone, then weather the edges. Once I've painted and carved the image into the stone I treat it with a conservation varnish so it may be safely wiped clean with a soft damp cloth. I don't normally use varnishes on my stone paintings because it intrudes with the raw stone and pigment ideal, but since these salt boxes are utilitarian, they need to be able to withstand flying kitchen debris (if your kitchen is like mine). The box measures 4" x 4" by approx. 2.75" tall including stone.

The box is made from sustainable acacia wood, and is finished to be food-safe. It's lid is designed to slide open for easy access to salt or other spices. I really like practical art, so I'm very excited to be making these boxes!

Owl salt box 1-acacia


Owl salt box 2-acacia

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