Each elegantly stylised seagull mobile has its own natural individual colouring and a tactile quality that is unique to wood.
These wonderful birds by Brian Dawson are designed to hang from the ceiling and are made to fly by a gentle pull on the handmade bobbin that hangs from the body.
They are of a stylised form based on the seagull and were inspired by the book ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach.
Each set of wings is cut from a solid piece of hard wood that has been seasoned for up to three years. Each bird is hand carved from solid wood, not steam bent, so that the lines of the grain follow the contours of the wing.
The wings are smoothed and the top of the wings chamfered to the back edge to give a more realistic and pleasing effect. The body is sanded in a similar way using various grades of abrasive paper.
Each pair of wings is then individually balanced with the body as each bird has it's own weight and characteristics. A lacquer is brushed on to seal the grain and after further sanding a wax polish is applied to finish the bird.
Current stocks are made from Sycamore, though subject to availability they may be made from Ash, Beech, Tulip Wood, Alderwood or Oak.
Handmade in the UK
Size: 79cm (31”) wingspan