|Project by RusticJohn||posted 06-30-2013 10:46 PM||900 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I quite like the idea of finding any old piece of wood and making something of it. This was an odd bit of a Willow that didn’t obvious lend itself to a particular shape. However with a bit of lateral thinking some faces began to emerge. A challenge was retaining the nicer parts of the bark and dealing with some cracks. I was able to incorporate these into the carving in, I hope, an appealing way.
Three of the faces are based on medieval stone carvings. The 4th of the old lady is one of my favorites that I carve reasonably frequently. I find that the medieval faces look simple but often contain complex subtleties that stretch my skills. Very good practice for the old hand/eye co-ordination.
I rather like Willow for carving. Its fine grained and a little soft but holds fine detail. Also it grows in my garden so is easy to come by.