Eye-Catching Easter Eggs, Made of Wood

Vala Hafstað

Most of us are used to buying Easter eggs, made of chocolate. Andri Snær Þorvaldsson, though, focuses on making a different type of Easter eggs, namely wooden ones.

A special education teacher during the day, who often gives carpentry lessons as well, he uses his time off to create beautiful wooden items in his garage. Among them are wooded eggs, made through woodturning.

Andri Snær Þorvaldsson.

Andri Snær Þorvaldsson.

“I have plenty of ideas,” he tells Morgunblaðið reporter Elínrós Líndal, “but because of the limited number of hours in a day, I only get a fraction of what I’d like to do done. In recent years, I’ve been using the lathe a lot, mainly for making bowls. I try to keep and use all the rests [of the wood], which is where the eggs come from.”

He states the shape of the eggs reminds him of Easter and that turning them, using the lathe, is ideal for practice because of their perfect shape.

He uses different types of wood for making them, and they’re soft as silk to the touch. They vary in color, weight and texture, and not least in smell.

The lathe and other tools.

The lathe and other tools.

“Among the local wood, I favor birch and golden rain, and among the imported wood, walnut and zebrawood,” he explains. “Then I’ve found some interesting pieces on my shelves, such as worm-eaten driftwood and teak from old chair legs.”

He states that most people who buy his eggs place them in a bowl for decoration, or use them for decorating the dinner table for Easter.

Andri Snær uses social media to bring attention to woodturning and Icelandic crafts. “I make an effort of sharing photos and information about what I’m making in my shop, called Smíðastofa Andra,” he notes. You can find him under that name on Facebook and Instagram.

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