Creating wood toys for our Syrendell Etsy shop has been a rewarding experience. For me, the creative process of working with wood is quite satisfying. For the families who own our wooden sprites and streamer wands, they are enjoying the natural beauty of handcrafts. And certainly, the toys can also be educational. But can they also have a spiritual nature?
Mother Teresa joined us at Syrendell as one of the first of a series of wood figurines I called the Leaders of Peace. Mahatma Gandhi is our latest addition to the Syrendell family. I had to carve his distinctive steel-rimmed spectacles and prominent ears! He wears the traditional Indian dhoti. He holds his hands as if in prayer or as if ready to help. I wanted the piece to express a sense of reverence and meditative quality, capturing what it may have been like to be in his presence in his efforts for world peace.