The wood sculpted by Rabbani is local to the north coast of California. The most prevalent types of woods used are knots, Nutmeg, and Redwood. The natural beauty of the wood is enhanced and preserved with the finishing process. Each sculpture is made with a single piece of wood which has its own unique characteristics and is one of kind.
Many of the smaller pieces are carved in knots. Knots are sometimes mistaken for driftwood, but instead are pine gathered inland. The knot though hard is of an even consistency and can be greatly detailed. They are carved with dremel bits in a die grinder. A black stain is applied to the cuts, the knot is sanded and a coat of varathane natural oil is brushed on the face. They can be inside or out with the slightest maintenance.
The larger carvings, usually of Nutmeg and Redwood, are roughed out with various chainsaws. An angle sander is used to shape and sand the sculptures and then they are detailed with a die grinder. Some of the work is burned, stained or painted.
The light yellow wood used, California Toryea, is in the yew family and has the nickname of Nutmeg because of its scent when worked. Varathane natural oil or boiled linseed oil is used as a finish. It is best displayed indoors or on a sheltered area up off the ground.
Many of the sculptures are of Redwood, favored for its durability and color. The redwood sculptures have been finished with boiled linseed and /or Tung oil. Redwood is very resistant to insect and water damage and can be kept outside. Since the sun can be damaging, partial shade is the best.