This bird like shape is actually the first two strokes of the Japanese kanji hi. In 2000 I made a fire vessel from the elbow of a 2-foot diameter pipe for my son’s 40th birthday. I cut the full kanji of four strokes in the center of the vessel to facilitate airflow for the fire.
It was a perfect gift for him: he is a Japanese literature scholar and he loves to build fires.
This steel sculpture measures nineteen inches tall, twelve inches wide and five inches deep.