Fireplace Bellows-Chip Carved Snakes
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Roy was looking for a way to break out of the strict symmetrical geometric patterns that he usually chip carves. Snakes seemed like a good way to do that with their naturally curving figure. The twin snakes on one side are inspired by the medical caduceus. Snakes symbolize healing, among many other cool things. We're always pleased when we see them hanging out in our vegetable garden. That means the little critters that want to cause trouble aren't. These bellows are made of basswood. We finish the wood with shellac, a natural resin that enhances the depth of the wood grain. The bag consists of 2-3 ounce leather, very supple and able to produce a strong draft. We build the bellows with a strong steel hinge (covered by the leather) for dependability and a long life. They come with a rawhide lace tied to the handle, making them easy to display. They measure 20-1/4" long, 7-3/8" wide, 5" deep when open, and 2" deep when closed.