Burnt Wire Animals

The method of carving animals and incising them with burnt wire decoration, is known as "Poker Art".  Australian Aboriginal men and women from Central Australia carve animals from dry wood, tree roots, river gum or mulga wood. They use the shapes of the wood to make models of animals. Some sculptures are plain, while others have patterns and symbols relating to their culture and artwork.  The sculptures are made beside a camp fire. They put a piece of fencing wire into the fire. When it is hot they burn designs onto the wood.

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