Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The return of WoodArtWords

Well I did it again ,nearly a year passed since the last post.The swallows that were back then have flown away and come back again and as usual are nesting in the corner of the workshop.I have been really busy and created quite a lot in the missing months and also finally got some images of pieces that were sold over the last couple of years.Now I'm back and the computer seems to be working well (touch wood) I shall try and post at least once a week.Anyway I have just uploaded a load of pictures .Here they are.
A green man in oak,you can tell it was a while ago by the tidy state of the workshop.

An unfortunatly sideways six foot tall,spalted holly cross finished with linseed oil.

A punk I was commisioned to carve,below unoiled above oiled,carved in holly.

The first of two holly thrones I made using the bigger planks that I had .The disc in the front is carved in apple wood and set in.

I left traces of the bark on the front of the legs and the sides of the back,to add texture and show the nature of the wood and how it was cut.

You can almost picture how the plank was a slice of the tree and get an idea of the size of it.
I love the paleness of this particular batch of holly wood cured excellently for years to maintain the whiteness by a good friend of mine.

This particular throne was made for an exhibitiopn I did with Doug Fitch .It sat at the opposite end of of a huge dining table to the large oak throne below.
The back of the afore mentioned oak throne.

Detail of oak throne .The hares are carved in holly and set in to the oak.

Oak throne carried out to the farmyard to be photographed (cheers for the help Doug,oh and hows your back ?)
Close up of AvocetI was asked to carve on the second holly throne I was commisioned to make.

Detail of swallows in applewood set into the front of the same piece

Holly throne in its new home

A beautiful place with lovely owners who kindly allowed me back to take these shots.
One from lowdown showing curves nicely and construction.

The sideways spalted holly cross from earlier,this time the right way up,although actually lying down in hay.

The first holly cross I made from the same lovely white batch of holly as the two thrones above.From the 5th of June it will be in Crediton church for the week of the flower festival
where it will be displayed in the lady chapel with a floral display.I am thrilled about this as its first public outing .Not only is Crediton church the original cathedral site before Exeter was chosen as more suitable, and very busy during the festival,but also on the saint micheal ley line and called the church of the holy cross.Seems the perfect place for the holly cross.

A woodland scene on a big Oak throne for a woodland classroom,in memory of Mr Evans. The Back

The front

More pics, poems, carvings,(woodartwords) soon .

1 comment:

Hollis Engley said...

Good to see you back. And great work, as always. Congratulations on the cross for Crediton. Lovely piece of work.

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Its in the memory of birds this age
The post on which to perch to proclaim mornings glory
the spots of the past where the pickings are richest
the ancestors favourites ,the old places

Its in the roots of the trees this age
As they suck in the leaves as they fall
with some knowledge returning to earth to roots
to nature,to nurture, to be reborn

its in the stones the oldness
the mothers bones exposed less
where moss and lichens creeping hand paints steadily
and the birdsong is distant like fading memories

About Me

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deepest, devon, United Kingdom
I don't know what I am but i know what i like.poetry, art and chipping at or joining together chunks of old wood,whilst listening to some good roots reggae or dub, world/folk music or blues all balanced by some good old punk rock.

solid oak post 3.5 feet high

rescued from collapsed original part of house in the dombseday book

I started with the natural bursts as eyes and soon got two faces

East,West Forwards and Back the green man is everywhere

The darker colours are the oxidisation of the exposed bits of outer timber over the many years

this piece took two months to carve.An allowance i made to myself for the first 2 months of this year.

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