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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 07-19-2010 07:59 PM 2567 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“Like grasses swaying in a summer breeze, the fluid motion is visible in the solid form of the wood.”

When I read that description, this was the instant mental image. Anyone who has witnessed cattails play amongst themeselves with even the slightest hint of a breeze will be able to relate with this vision. This sculpture was all about catching that movement in static form.

Made entirely out of water recovered old-growth lumber, this project is as environmentally friendly as it is pretty. The cherry birchwood “leaves” are resawn and sanded to approx 1/32” thick, and the bottom surfaces of the leaves are left unfinished. Why unfinished? Well….As the humidity changes, the leaves change shape all on their own, allowing the sculpture to recreate itself over and over.

After all, what conveys movement better than an object that actually does move as if it were living?

Thanks for looking everyone.

Ryan Shervill

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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 08:19 PM

Beautiful sculpture, and a brilliant idea to allow it to change shape with changes in humidity!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mmh

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 08:20 PM

Very nicely done! I love how the tall grasses and bog plants sway and create a kinectic type sculpture of nature. These look quite real and I can even imagine seeing a red winged blackbird nesting near by.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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gurnie

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 09:02 PM

This is really cool. You should take a video of it swaying and post it :)

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 09:52 PM

Is this the same piece that was sitting on your “Of Curvy Legs and Underwater Wood” table?

They are both beautifully artistic pieces, to say the least!

I also like the idea of allowing the leaves to change with the climatic conditions.

I too would like to see this in motion, “swaying in the breeze”.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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gbear

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 10:20 PM

Very cool. I wish I had your imagination and artistry…not to mention your talent.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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RexMcKinnon

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 11:17 PM

Beautiful. I have seen this somewhere before though. Did you publish it in a magazine or somewhere else?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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mcoyfrog

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 12:31 AM

Sweet

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 12:35 AM

BEAUTIFUL AND FLUID. Love the story behind it as well.
Now—this is what I was going to make as my project but obviously not nearly as skillfully.

Oh.. and the humidity affects on the wood: brilliant!!

LOVE IT

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Loucarb

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 02:18 AM

Beautiful piece Ryan. Well done.

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mtnwild

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 02:19 AM

Very nice. You dog….......just kidding, great sculpture and flow entry….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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ND2ELK

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 03:57 AM

Beautiful piece. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 03:58 AM

Wonderful love it.

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mysticcarver

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 06:07 AM

Beautiful!!!!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,http://www.mysticcarvings.com

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scrappy

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 07:17 AM

Fantastic piece of art. The fact that you took Martins example and brought it to life is even better. Agree with the others about letting it breath and move with the climate change. Wonderful way to make a “static” sculpture not so static.

Keep up the imaginative work.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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scrounger

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#15 posted 07-20-2010 02:47 PM

Great piece Ryan, will be hard to top it!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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