The plump mother bird looks down fondly at her brood and prepares to tell them a story.
The black shiny areas have been sanded, waxed and polished. Peter then achieves the feathered effect by stroking the surface of the sculpture with a blunt rasp. This abrasion lightens the surface of the stone, creating contrast in colour and texture.
Springstone is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has an even internal structure with very small grains; it is dense and has very few flaws, and is perfect for Peter's precise work.