Woodcarving artist Janel Jacobson capture this delightful photograph of an oak gall. On a morning hike yesterday we saw a bunch of these on a small oak tree. One of our gang told us they are called oak galls.
Intrigued by this, I “googled” it and found this wonderful photo. Even more intriguing was the reason for this photo. On the Carving Pathway site, she posted a topic about oak galls and opened it up for discussion on using them for staining…turns out they can be used for patinating iron and bronze.
Looking at this oak gall, it makes me think of Christmas ornaments. Maybe this is how Mother Nature decorates her oak trees. At the very least Mother Nature can be used as part of the creative process.
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