One day recently a friend was standing on the porch of The Beekman removing burdock burrs from his jacket—stragglers from an early-morning walk around the farm.
Not being from the country, he had no idea that trying to remove the burrs (which inspired the creation of velcro half a century ago) while wearing wool gloves would only make the sticky situation worse.
Michael Whaling happened by the farm at just the right moment to come to the rescue. Being both an artist and a naturalist, Michael never wastes an opportunity to create something from nature.
The result: charming little sculptures easy enough for any-aged child to make
After assembling the basic shape, you can fine-tune the sculpture by mashing in some of the burrs. Michael used some of the silky hairs from some nearby milkweed pods to create “fur”
We look forward to seeing what ideas you come up with.