To continue with my previous post, I want to describe more of the evolution of my recent sculpting career… well, not exactly a career, but at least a pastime. It is something that is giving me much pleasure, and some physical exercise.

After the doggie sculptures, I played with other nature-inspired pieces. One is called The Serpent and is actually carved from one very odd tree branch. It stands nearly 7 feet tall, and slithering up the trunk is a snake in search of dinner. Perched on the very top is a little gray mouse peering down and debating what to do next.Another simple piece was created by attaching two branches together to form an interesting shape. I call it Dancing Eyes. We have used this as a Christmas tree to hang ornaments on.After these rather whimsical pieces, I decided to attempt something much more serious and challenging. I have been fascinated with prehistory, as it relates to the evolution of humanity for several decades, and done a great deal of reading about this. I even maintain a website devoted to this topic: www.humanpast.net.

Many geneticists now believe that there was a particular Homo Sapiens, who they refer to as Mitochondrial Eve, who was the mother of all modern humans. She lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Well I decided to see if I could make a sculptural model of what she may have looked like. Figuring that since she lived in Africa, she probably had a rather dark complexion, I decided to use wild black walnut wood (that I gleaned from our local forest with a firewood permit from the Forest Service.)

Mitochondrial Eve is life sized, standing about 5′ 6″ tall. All that she is wearing is a coat of linseed oil.


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