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    Posted 6 years ago

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    As I guess many of you have, I've been a collector since I was a kid... I guess the first thing I collected were toys but I've kept so few of them... almost nothing. But I remember what's the first thing I started collecting seriously, and that was owl figurines.

    I clearly recall the figurines I started the collection with: a series of thin walled terracotta owls with white enamel accents. Mom had bought a lot of them to exchange with her friends as a Summer holiday souvenir (they used to exchange souvenirs every year, so you can imagine all of them had the same stuff in their display cabinets... isn't that weird?). But that year, two or three owl figurines remained at home and I asked my mother if I could display them in my room. Next year, she bought the remaining owls -there were six different models- and then year after year we started getting a few every Summer, and then she and my father would get more owls in every town or country they visited, so I ended up having a lot of them.

    Last week I rescued part of the old collection and thought it would be a good thing sharing them here.

    This first one is a wooden one made out of Guayacán, also known as lignum vitae. It's a South American wood so dense and heavy it doesn't float. I know I've got one or two more figurines made out of it, but the wood isn't as nice coloured and textured like this one.

    I seem to recall this one was made in Argentina. It stand about 10 cm tall.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Well this very beautiful!!!
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      Lignum vitae is really unusual and has so many grains and colors I love it. I had a chance to buy a block of burl but didn't have the $300 so I look at pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      A pensive or maybe confused owl! I love it's face.
      Looks very tactile and lovely to hold.
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      I am glad you identified the wood as lignum vitae because I would never have guessed that.
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks everybody for your loves!!!!

      It really feels smooth and, yes, lovely to hold :) Iyt's always been one of my favourite ones.

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