We happened upon a seller of Mexican Ironwood. Years ago we'd bought several pieces and our son bought us the feather, the detail is amazing. Its a new piece and made with modern tools. Our older pieces were hand carved but they are all wonderful.
Here is the roadrunner we have
and our other piece is the oldest, a owl and yes he does have a beak.
These last two pieces were hand carved by the Seri Indians of the state of Sonara in Mexico.
Iron wood is very hard and heavy. The grain is very straight and it sinks in water. You polish this wood using shoe polish.
I cried while driving away, those trees, rose bushes and sago palms were like children to me. Shriveling in the driving heat.
But life goes on and another page in our book of life has turned. I will try to post as often as I can.
The cats have been a great comfort to us as well as getting into Gods Word and prayer. I know, like Job that He is in control.