Where nature and art meet!
This turtle is a bit different because it has about 10 medium-size ball bearings in the head, and there is a 3” x 3/8” bolt on the far side of the neck that serves as both a counterbalance and center balance. I made it very heavy so that the motion of the head is really slow motion and sustained for quite sometime. The ball bearings in the head also make it possible to attract the movement of the head sideways if you conceal a small magnet in your hand. This is used to pretend that the turtle favors your hand over someone else’s who doesn’t have a magnet in their hand! The shell is a maranka gourd from Pumpkin Hollow Gourds, Piggot, AR. The head and neck is a banana gourd. All of the wood is black walnut.