The Owl thimble came about by combining the shape of an owl with the shape of a thimble. The resulting shape is reminiscent of the old tree trunks that owls are often found in. The wings and legs are kept very close to the body. This kind of close placement is known as engaged forms. The heavy detailing brings out the personality of the owl.
It is inspired by the Japanese art form of Netsuke. Netsuke are large beads, traditionally made of ivory. They were placed on the end of purse strings and pulled through the sash of a belt so that the purse could not slip out. Netsuke carving requires great mastery of design and craftsmanship. This tradition continues to this day.