Wood sculpture … No steaming. No bending.
From pieces of raw wood to finished sculptures… part of the joy, adventure & scary nature of my work is “What’s next?” and “How to coax it out?” I hope you find these basic photos of my sculptures “in process” informative.
Below are a few “befores” and “durings” of finished pieces.
When Gaye and I were living in Switzerland, my studio was in a fine Swiss custom furniture company. During their morning and afternoon breaks, the highly skilled furniture makers would come watch me work. One day while I was working on Up Draft, their interpreter asked, “How do you get wood to do that?” Coming from these guild-trained, lifelong wood craftsmen, that was a high compliment! A number of times during creation of this piece, they’d watch, then motion for me to stop shaking their heads. They obviously feared I would break the piece. Their curiosity, concern and camaraderie was heart-warming. No language barrier there! After we returned to the States, I couldn’t help myself. I designed and sculpted a second mobious ribbon piece, Down Force (below). I have to admit, I missed the visits and reactions from the Swiss furniture makers.