Many bird species perform courtship dances, where male and female can choose their partner. Once chosen, they touch beaks to reinforce their bond.
Peter has used a number of sculpting techniques to create the various contrasting finishes on this lovely sculpture. He achieves the brushed effect of the feathers by stroking the stone with a blunt rasp. To create the shiny parts, he sands the stone smooth, then heats it and applies clear wax.
It is very easy to light sculptures with this matt white surface, so with clever use of a spotlight against a dark background you can really make a dramatic statement even with a smaller piece such as this.
Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action.