Monday, 3 October 2011
Stone and Wood
In the end I decided not to colour the body and to leave the natural carbon colour of the pyrography to show through to contrast with the wood. Some times I can over work a piece so often a minimalist approach is better for me, I can then spend time looking at it and build/develop it in my minds eye for the next project.
The carving of the finial from stone was no more complex than carving in wood, although there are a few different methods of working the material.
The finial will be replicated into a much larger organic sculpture out of either stone, wood or both and will be the starting point for my organic sculptures that I am going to continue making from long ago. originaly before taking up turning in a big way I produced numerous similar sculptures and have a new enthusiasm for dipping back into this.
Indeed this was how I came up with the carved wooden finials as a large sculpture would take me quite a while in comparison and I did not have the patience due to workin full time so a piece would take several weeks to complete. So I started making small carved finials as a way to keep my interest going with the carving.
Now I make for a living I can take as long as I like (within reason) and market towards a different customer base.
You can see from the picture below that there are some lovely colours within the stone so I will be sourcing much larger pieces for carving in the future.
Here is the same piece on a neutral background so you can see it without distraction.
The form below is one of the numerous pure forms that I am finishing off so there will probably be quite a few more posted. It is around 5 inches diameter.
Will post some more of bits and pieces I am working on soon.
Posted by Mark at 14:09