John Adamson- Tree Sculptor
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Alice in Wonderland and the Caterpillar
!2 ft high SycamoreThis was carved to celebrate the naming day of a grandchild of a man obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. He has what seemed to me to be a copy of every edition of the story. This did not help me with the carving as the illustrations were never intended to be carved. The nose on the caterpillar was always too long to survive outside, and the mushrooms were too wide to fit into the tree. The greatest success was Alice's hair that's just as mother nature grew it. As I peeled off the bark, I said to the commissioner, "Just look at that. It will be the hair for Alice.". He gave me the look of almost complete incomprehension that i often get when I can see something in the wood that is not obvious to others.