mahogany hearts

TOUCH FORMS by Courtney Devonish

Touch forms were first created during my student days more than 50 years ago.

In the beginning the touch forms were designed to help fellow students who wanted to quit smoking. The forms gave them something to do with their hands, which was their major complaint.

At first the students were given a piece of clay to squeeze into their most comfortable shape; the shape was then custom made in clay and glazed.

The Touch forms have evolved over the years and a shift from clay to wood took place.
Hearts has become the overwhelming favorite shape; but I still create other organic shapes including the almond.

The forms has become more popular as a stress reliever or comforter; but are sometimes bought as paperweights, for waiting rooms, bedside and center- room tables or as a constant companion and stress reliever.

They are hand carved and are finished with a silky smooth finish that once inspired the comment –“Courtney makes wood feel soft.”

Rub with mineral oil at least once per month and enjoy the benefits of these wonderful touch forms


Linda from Massachusetts sent this comment on 17 March 2017.

“Your carved hearts have comforted my 10+ year- old aunt that died.

Wen she went to Hospice she would not let go of it; her daughter buried her with it.
Then my brother just died; when I went to visit him January 20, he was holding your heart.”

Your carvings have been a deep blessing; Please continue to carve.

Mary McLaughLin-USA sent this 17 April 2017

“It was great to see you today and purchase another heart; this one is made from white cedar.The mahogany heart I purchased years ago was such a comfort to me the year my mother fell ill and died. I thought I would wear it out running my hands along the smooth curves and surface. I will treasure this new one as I do the first”.

I could not hold back the tear drops; I would like to thank all the proud owners of one or more of my hearts.

I wonder how many many people own my hearts; i have never kept records but there are thousands.

Devonish Art Gallery
1 264 497 2949

Touch forms started during my student days to help fellow student quit smoking.Their major complaint was- they needed something to do with their hands- In the beginning the forms were abstract shapes but from 1998 hearts has become my best selling fine-craft item.

The students were given a piece of clay to form the most comfortable shape to suit their hands, the form was then recreated in a glazed clay form or in wood.
The touch forms have evolved over the years and are now created in wood only, mainly because of its warm feel as a touch form.

There are Collectors from all over the world,many of them are professional who either place them on the desk ao in their office waiting rooms.They are a favorite gift item for repeat visitors and business sponsored groups visiting the Island.They are carried in hand bags,sit on night tables, in living rooms and as paper weights.Recently professional therapists and caregivers have been giving them as gifts to their friends and clients; They are now mainly bought as a stress reliever,

The are super smooth with a mineral oil finish that cry out to be fondled.Price $25.00 per heart-Free shipping.
Hearts are available mainly in mahogany but also in other hardwoods depending on availability.finish mineral oil.

Size-Hearts vary slightly, usually 3 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 x 2 inches thick t0 11 x 11 x 4 inches thick.

Hearts are also available in other sizes on request, from small pendants to large sculpture.

You can purchase any number of hearts on request, forward an email to create a Paypal button to accommodate any bulk order.

Allow me to share a comment sent by Linda from Massachusetts on March 17. 2017- a story that touched me deeply; more so because my mother once said to me, when I was about 5 years old-“I can’t explain it, but your hands are blessed”

Story by Linda
“Your carved hearts have comforted my 100+ year old aunt that died”.

When she went to Hospice she would not let go of it; her daughter buried the heart with.
Then my brother just died; when I visited him January 20 he was holding your heart.Your carvings have been a deep blessing; please continue to carve”

Hearts are now my bread and butter craft items and are always in stock.
Large orders orders on request.

free shipping via Anguilla Post Office.

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devonishart on new platform
The move


I would like to apologize to all those who might have contacted in the past and did not receive adequate attention.

First the website was hosted and managed by a developer and health issues for the past two years interrupted communications.

Devonish art is now hosted on a new platform and fully managed by myself (Courtney Devonish)

Some of the art will be featured on another website that I own ( however all sales will be done from this website.

We look forward to your continued support