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Aflame - an abstract sculpture

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Project by chidwickschool posted 816 days ago 1614 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an art piece that I was inspire to create out of a piece of maple burl. I was actually in the middle of another project (a paying gig, no less!) when I felt the urge to drop everything and begin working on this abstraction of my mind. I had no plan, no drawing, no clue what I was actually making. But a funny thing happened to me on my way to insanity, I actually felt a sense of energy, a surge that led me to believe that as long as I am dedicated to the process, the result will take care of itself. I relaxed, but found myself in a frenzy of creativity, and was surrounded by the persistent presence of potential. “What if I did this?” “How could I balance that? “Can I go this thin?” “I wonder if I’ll be able to sand that?” When I was finished, I felt like I had gone somewhere. I had let go of the technical side of woodworking, set aside my tape measure, guides and fences and embraced a part of of the creative woodworking process that many, including myself, often fear—our self-expression.

-- Andy Chidwick, Chidwickschool.com





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vipond33

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#1 posted 816 days ago

Dramatic and forceful with the forward bulge and wings(?) It challenges you to pay attention and beware. A bit scary in a way. You have found the very piece that it wanted to be. That’s my take.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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mmh

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#2 posted 816 days ago

This is a beautiful form alive with grace and elegance. I want to see it move and float in it’s environment as if it were a sea creature from the depths of the unknown.

Beautifully executed!

-- "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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EyeOfTheJen

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#3 posted 816 days ago

wow.. what else is there to say except WOW!

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#4 posted 816 days ago

Unique sculpture ,wonderful wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 815 days ago

Love it!

-- Chuck

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#6 posted 815 days ago

Pic No. 4 is like an abstract of two swans (mating for life).

Unusual, organic, beautiful. Very well done and finished.

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planeBill

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#7 posted 815 days ago

That is stunningly beautiful. I love it. Thanks for showing your work.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 815 days ago

You did a great job with that burl….........Looking at beautiful wood never seems to get old…......

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

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