Crossing that invisible line from using traditional handtools to using powertools was a hard stepp for me. Growing up, my grandfather, my dad and uncels would get strikt if they ever saw sandpaper on the workbench vile carving.
Bottom stamping or patterning ,and the use of sandpaper on carvings was considered something used by amatuers or someone trying to hide their errors, In the old woodcarving School we where not alowed to have sandpaper on the workbench at all, we got told to remove it immideatly if the teatcher saw it. It had nothing to do With classical carving, something i stil hold true in my works.
A handcarved pattern should never be sanded, the cleen cut of the iron should be more than sufficient for a spottless carving. At least this is a rule i try to follow when teatching students, even if someone will use sandpapers and powertools carving, i try to convene a sense of the old craftsmens honour and pride in their work.
And dont missunderstand me, im not saying its wrong to use sandpaper on carvings. But for my own part, i do know that most People withouth knowlegdge in carving wont see it, but I will know.. and i will also know that a true craftsman will notice in a mather of Seconds.
So i had to Draw a line between classical carving and powertool carving, and afther a Lifetime of woodcarving i have finaly bought a dremel powertool, And i must say im quite amazed at the possibilities and speed it gives me carving miniatures in hard materials, And im having great fun. I will still Draw a line and tell my Clients what i have handcarved, and what i have made by powertools, because it still mathers to me. Even if they cant see the difference.
WHERE NO FLOWERS GROW DURING WINTER..
The first project i have realy putt some time into With the dremel, have a history, as most Things i make have. I better just tell the story :)
As a artist i get inspiration from many Places,experiences and persons, and at many times in my life i have felt that some ppl have almost been as a true muse, and the periods when i have not had someone like that around i produce less, and are less creative in some ways.
Some times you meet someone that truly inspire you, either With their passion and experience or their creativity and life. Not long ago i met someone like that, a beutifull girl, that truly inspiered me..
Her life is so different from mine, her interests so different than mine, and still its like i have known her all my life. Her life is filled With beuty in another form than im used to, its filled With flowers and plants, With orchids and lilys and everything that grows and flourishes.
Her favorite flower is a lily called “Black calla lily”, she told me its rare and hard to get. And that song came to my mind where he sings, “id buy her flowers, but im a poor man so il pick them along the road in stead”.
Im not that poor that i cant afford flowers,yet it is so little personal, but its Cold in Norway so i certainly cant pick them along the road either, and she deserved something mutch better..
So then i decided to carve her a lily, a lily that will never fade, and it will blossom just for her, for the rest of her life. And in crafting it, i put all that i feel and think of her into it, its almost like i made her in the form of a flower, thats how i imagine her. Delicate and beutifull, yet sophisticated.
I will shortly expain how i progressed in the carving of the lily, my muse showed me some photos of her favorite lily, and i was realy intrigued by its beuty and organic shape. So i started making a sketch, just droodling realy afther a talk With her abouth flowers, and the black calla lilly. It took me 15 mins, for the rough scetch, i never Draw to mutch, the item is alwas Clear in my mind long before i have created it, its just to remove the Wood around it.
So that was my work drawing, I love silver Birch so i again choose that as my material, even do i could have used a harder less breakable one for this, its borderline for sutch delicate work. I just cutt off a piece of 5cmx5cmx18cm of Whole Wood, and started like this. Just a bandsaw cutt to get the angle of the flower leaf, and a few screws from below to hold it to my adjustable sculptor table.
I started With the dremel imediatly, i bought a sett of 10 cutters for miniature work. and for the rough shape i just used a ball cutter of 3-4 mm, in combination With woodcarving irons now and then, i cant quite let go:)
I have never attempted something like this before, but the thinnnes i want demands that i have a workplan, the tipp wont stand the wibrations if i work there late in the prosses, so i basicaly work from the tipp Down, for a rough shape, then i finish the flower from the tipp Down, i have to have the tipp sanded and polished when i start working more that 3-4 cm Down on the flower, for the tipp i left a support wall if not it would have been realy hard to not break it off. So in the end, there was only a smal point where the wall was attatced i had to realy carefull sand and polish while supporting the tipp With a finger.
Starting to sand it Down to the shape i want it, adjusting all the time, i just do it by eye at this point in the prosses, the only pencil i used was in the 2 first photos. At the tipp i use a dark room and a Bright lamp from behind to do the fine adjustments, this is as far as i have come at this moment. Il post next part as soon as i have gotten there, i also will use a light colouring Paint, i havent decided yet, and a type of wax polish, to make it look as real and lifelike as possible. Its a Project i learn a lott from as i go, and im having quite fun so far. I hope she will love it :)
-- Bard son of iver