|Project by RusticJohn||posted 12 days ago||427 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a Wood Spirit carving from red beech driftwood. It is 44 cms high and is the largest work I have completed so far. Took about 2 years off and on with large time gaps in between sessions. Originally I didn’t have the skills to get the result I wanted, then I had to develop some of the tools to undertake the finishing work. The wood is quite hard and has a ripple through it that made for a difficult grain. When undertaking carvings like this I try to blend the shape into the natural features as much as possible. The nose has a bend in it because it follows a ridge that was on the wood. I do like the textures surface that occurs naturally on some driftwoods and seek to retain as much of it as I can.
Fortunately we have a lot of great timber washing around our coasts so its not hard to get high quality material. The colour is as the wood is and has not been stained in any way. I used french polish for the finish. Larger works are much more tricky than the smaller ones I usually produce. Mistakes are pretty obvious and errors of facial shape stick out. However the whole project was very rewarding and it made me think a lot about what I was doing and ways to achieve a result I am very happy with.