Thursday, February 28, 2008

No Yolk About It- An Ostrich Egg

On one of my recent travel junkets I acquired something new and interesting for the house. An objet d'art, a whatnot, a doo-dad...well an egg actually. Not just any old egg, but an ostrich egg. And not just an ostrich egg, but one without the yolk. Actually as you can see from the photo at left, it's a hollow ostrich egg with carvings in the shell. My ostrich egg has elephants on it. I understand that they do the carvings with a "layyy-serrr" Can you imagine, they use a frickin laser beam to carve decorations onto the shell of an ostrich egg? Well as long as people like me keep buying these sort of things I guess there will always be a demand. So anyway, I came home with this wonderful new carved ostrich egg, feeling all special that I had something pretty cool and unusual. Then yesterday by pure coincidence, I received an e-mail from Jennifer, a reader of this blog who sent me a series of photos that included....can you imagine? OSTRICH EGGS with carvings on the shell. Her photos inspired me to share MY ostrich egg. So you've seen the full on view (above) now check out this close-up below:

above: if you look closely you can see the image of elephant...
And below, here are the photos of the other ostrich eggs that Jennifer sent to me:

above left: hummingbird, center: concentric circles, right: a winged horse.
So a big thanks to Jennifer for giving me the inspiration for this post on ostrich eggs. Jennifer- looking forward to seeing you in Palm Springs soon when you visit your mom!
-Rick Rockhill

15 comments:

Jeni said...

That's amazing! Also quite beautiful and exquisite artwork there!

bunnygirl said...

Those are beautiful! Growing up, I had a friend whose mother was into egg art and she turned out some amazing things, but nothing like that!

Totally impressed! :-)

kenju said...

They are beautiful - and they look like ivory!

Lewis said...

You know, years ago (long before laser beams) my mom decided to get into egg decorating...which involved some cutting open.... (Plus, we were in Idaho....they'd never even heard of lasers there...) The eggs she came up with were amazing and beautiful. Reminds me that I should try to find those and make sure to keep them. Quite pretty, they were.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Very Beautiful, Rick...And most amazing, too....! Where did you get your Egg...? Were you in an Antique shop or some other kind of shop?
Anyway, thanks for sharing all these pictures....The ones that you were sent are increduble, by the way!

Diane J Standiford said...

Used to watch my aunt's longtime companion do egg art, but we only had chicken eggs in Indiana. Ostrich--wow.

Mone said...

very cool thing, never seen something like this!

Mags said...

You have a beautiful egg. I love elephants, so of course yours is my fav-but it's way cool.

I'm glad there are people like you who like to buy things like that.

Desert Songbird said...

My friend Another Desert Rat has an ostrich shell, but it's not carved like that. I was amazed at how hard and thick the shell is.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I have a shoulder tattoo that looks like the humming bird and rose!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Spectacular!

PD Warrior said...

Very cool. Growing up, my parents had an ostrich egg perched upon the mantel of their fireplace. It wasn't carved, just something neet to look at. These eggs, however, are absolutely beautiful.

KJ said...

Hi Rick!

It's very nice to meet YOU! I come to you through Alabama Kitchen Sink. I live in La Habra, CA. and grew up in Long Beach.

I read your post for Sheila, mentioning that people are not perfect and that only God is perfect. I so agree... I love people, yet I have learned that unconditional love means loving the imperfections and amazing qualities in one package deal. God knows, I'm not perfect...
What a life you have led. I love your post on the ostrich eggs. This is sooo my thing... I love anything from creation that has been transformed by an artist. These eggs are amazing! Someday I wouldn't mind having one!

I did a post on my blog— in its beginning stages— entitled, "Things." Your reference to "objet d'art, a whatnot, a doo-dad," made me think of it. I thought you might enjoy reading it since it breaks down our pursuit of "things."

http://eye-dyllic.blogspot.com/search/label/things

I am not a "pet" person so to speak, although I love turtles and tortoises. I do admire your passions for it.

Well enough from me. So good to meet another Southern Californian.

Oh Happy Day!
KJ

Marlupe said...

but what did the yolk look like? And can you eat it lke scrambed eggs?

Olivia said...

It is a gorgeous acquisition. But imagine how tricky it was when they were hand carved in the Far East, or even with a drill and lathe...!

Do you have one of these?

Ivory Puzzle Ball

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