This sweet little piglet measures 12″ L x 4″ W x 6″ H, and weighs 3lbs 9oz. He’s got a little carved smile showing teeth, and pointy ears and hoofs. Round eyes are carved into the sides of his head, along with rounded nostril holes.

Cocobolo is a dense rosewood, prized for its weight and beautiful lines. It is one of the main creative endeavors of many Wounaan men, who carve various animals first with a hatchet, and add finishes by hand sanding and applying a gloss to the completed piece. Each creation is unique, hand made by a single artisan, and may have markings on the outside of the piece as evidence of a handmade piece of art.

This piece shows many of the natural elements of the carver, from notches on the side of the base to the natural colors of the wood. Carvings are created using the darker reddish-brown heart of the wood. The sapwood is a creamy yellow, not often used in carvings except for a small section sometimes on the outer layer of the carving.