Mini blank; Carved paddle & tools
For the decoration, I tried to free-hand some scroll patterns similar to the chip-carved Maliseet & Penobscot paddles I've been researching lately. The paddle was then sealed with melted food-grade coconut oil in case the little one starts nibbling on the edges. While lightly asleep in his colourful bouncer, I quickly snapped a shot in his first paddling pose. When he started to squirm, it actually looked like he was doing a forward stroke.
Decorative Scroll Patterns; Paddling in his dreams?
I think he has what it takes to be Canada's next Top Infant Model, but maybe I'm just gushing with parental bias.