Wounds of My Father

 

Here is an example of how I sculpt in wood. I found an old seasoned two-branch ash tree , which had lots of "wounds:" checks, scars, discoloration; perfect for my idea. I have been wanting for so many years in my life to create a sculpture which would nurture me in the mental process of working out my emotions and feelings of loss of my father and my brother. By the very act of "releasing" the figures from the interior of the tree, I feel I was able to accomplish this goal. As the writer may pen memoirs of important love ones in the pages of a book; I was able to do this with the effects of chisel and mallet.   

 

Viewing the photos from top to bottom, you will see how I develop a work of art: a sketch of my initial idea, a quick small clay sculpture to get an idea of proportions; the roughing out process, and the final details. All work is done by hand chisels, with tung oil, hand rubbed for the final touch. This work took me about nine to ten months to complete. 

starting to rough out the tree trunk. It had two limbs to work with as well as many scars and checks; what I call "character flaws"