A hand held aid to meditation, made from all natural products… its greatest journey will be to you.
Ancestors Orb is our link to the life common to the UK when it was still connected to Europe… only last remaining great Northern Wilderness to still have these important spirits.
Below are a few words on the qualities of the seven animals included in the ancestors orb:
Beaver: Work steadily to achieve your goals.
Boar: Warrior spirit, bold and brave.
Bison: Strength and durability in adverse circumstances.
Bear: Rise up to defend the truth.
Elk: Cooperation is good for the whole.
Eagle: Look from a distance before making a plan.
Wolf: To share in times of plenty.
All products in Totem Orbs are natural.
The gilded orbs are formed using gesso, and painted using a dark red, before the gold leaf and a few layers of varnish are applied. The orb, with continual use, will slowly wear away the gilding, to reveal the red underneath, as an authentic gilded item should.
In the making of these totem orbs a meditative state of mind has to be found. As they are carved, l feel my way into the chosen animal, and find out much about myself whilst l work. They turn so many times in my hands whilst they pass through the five changes, to become as you see them now. l am sure that each one carries a little of me.
At the beginning of my journey all the orbs were made from clay. I felt that l was tapping into something ancient. However, it soon became clear, as each carving took well over a week, with the more complicated pieces taking even longer, the cost had become un-viable. Therefor the orbs are made from gesso.
Learning how to cast in the round also took many years, and countless failures, before working out a way that was kind to the planet and still gave good detailed imagery. The process is still long and complicated with much re-carving and handling, seeing many changes on the journey.
The extra work involved is reflected in the price.