Eucalyptus trees dominate the Australian landscape. They are beside every roadway:
and out in the middle of no-where.
According to Wikipedia there are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus mostly native to Australia. Only 15 species occur outside Australia and only 9 do not occur in Australia.
I love the feel of wood and for years have owned a beautiful bowl handcrafted from Norfolk Island pine.
I also own a chunk of cedar that my father sanded and polished, with his one good arm, during physical therapy after his stroke 23 years ago – it doesn't look much but it symbolises a huge struggle & determination by him to survive:
During a trip home about 3 years ago I found a beautiful eucalyptus bowl in a gallery. It was much more expensive than I could afford. At the time I was in the middle of messy financial negotiations with my ex-husband. I decided that if he signed the legal agreement I would get the bowl. I was there for 4 weeks and he dragged everything out until the day before I was leaving! I raced back to the gallery only to find that the bowl had been sold! I consoled myself with retail therapy of another kind and bought myself a skirt!! Ever since then I have pined the loss of that bowl which I never had.
Well, the manservant has arrived home, just in-time to cook a birthday bbq for me & some friends today, and guess what he had in a big birthday bag for me? A lovely bowl carved from eucalyptus burl by artisan Les Roberts. Mr Roberts only has one arm and has developed an special arm support system to allow single armed turning.