|Project by rdlaurance||posted 03-30-2009 10:59 PM||1463 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This was the first actual wood carved sculpture that I did (about 1980). Not carving again until just a few years ago.
Sorry that the photo isn’t better or that I couldn’t include detail shots. Back in those days photography was more expensive and a bit trickier. Alas, this piece was damaged during its first exhibition, beyond repair. The flower head is (was) padauk while the stem and leaves are (were) of bocote. The flower petals were split on a table saw, routed out and then a mirror was placed between the two halves as they were laminated back together and the petal was rounded and finished. All five petals were done this way including the center piece, yielding six reflections of the viewer (the Narcissistic variety….LOL) to him/herself.
All the carving on this was done with a Dremel and rotary bits. The Bocote leaves were approximately 3mm thick yet surprisingly (to me) remained quite strong. After getting some good feedback on this piece from a couple of sculpture professors, I decided to return to school and work towards my art degrees. So I guess this was the piece that turned me around.
The base of mahogany, if I recall correctly, measured about 14”x14” which may give some indication of size.
-- Rick, south Sweden