For those of you unfamiliar with me, I used to work as a mortician.
The hand I designed was greatly inspired by the large, brass stands with spring-hinged hand-shaped clips we used in the funeral chapels to secure mass cards and other epistles for the families of the deceased.
Therefore, I personally associate the hands with 'mourning' - which resulted in my formal designation of the hands I created as those of Valediction - expressing the parting or farewell of someONE or SOMethING..
Old fashioned and traditional symbolism house a broad variety of significance in relation to hands - as well as birch wood - many of which draw upon similar themes . In the END, however, symbolism is a personal connection and ONLY YOU can decide what something means to YOU.
Each Laura Flook wooden Heart and Cross pendant is carved (free-form), sanded, stained, gilded, and sealed by hand, one step at a time. I do not use templates or patterns, so like yourself, every heart and cross I make is genuinely unique and one of a kind.
Every piece of cast silver or brass has been carefully hand-finished, painstakingly oxidized for unique pigment and contrast, assembled, polished, protected, gift wrapped with an individualized hand-written thank you card, lovingly packaged and shipped by me, personally, one by one.
Made in both New York City and Pennsylvania, I am a one-person operation.