Bird of Wood Art
My main objective here is to make available a sample of my woodcraft, and by doing so, create interest in the form of artistic expression that is wood carving.
The historic record of mankind interactions with wildlife is well documented, the early human ideas and sentiments were permanently engraved, etched, drawn or carved on a multitude of natural surfaces, such as wood.
This great material is relatively easy to shape to create virtually anything our imagination and skill will allow. Nowadays woodcarvers utilize an array of quality hand and power tools that can assist in making it possible to speed up the carving process. As such development has occurred, the craft has inevitably evolved. A great deal of attention has been dedicated to the realistic "taxidermist" look of the subject composition with complete burning pen details and skillful painting of the original wood.
As softwoods tend to be light in color, one may opt to paint or burn to create depth and detail. Hardwoods, on the other hand, may have interesting grain patterns and shades that beg to be displayed, perhaps limiting the amount of realism one may wish to apply for fear of hiding the beauty of the woodgrain. I prefer to use hardwoods for my bird carvings whenever possible. The character of the grain and density of the wood, matched with the transparency and warmth one can achieve, produces a classic natural look that remind one of the beauty and mystery of nature.
When it comes to themes or carving interests, the spectrum of choices is only limited by the woodcarvers' personal preference. I fear one's artistic integrity may at some point be compromised by the inevitable commercial interest,"carve that which the public is willing to buy"
Carving is for me a medium to communicate personal feelings that are interconnected with my experiences with nature. The wood is a fundamental part of that communication. Wildlife woodcarvers reproduce those aspects of our natural world that trigger wonder and joy in each of us, and therefore we celebrate it in our creations.
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"Perhaps it is right to say that I try my best to put a little life onto pieces of wood that aim to depict an elusive mental image of a bird or any other object that sparks an unexplained interest in me. That vision and the state of unbearable ennui must be present for I may not sum up the necessary will to even start". JRV
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