Experiments in wood carving.

Lime wood is great to begin with as it is very smooth,  fine-grained and really quite soft hence easy to cut. I started with learning to cut straight gouged lines along the grain. The wood naturally curls up as it is cut, I thought about leaving the little coils attached as they looked so good but they’re very brittle and would have fallen off very soon anyway.

  

Wood carving

This is my first time on a wood carving course. I am being taught by Malcolm Martin, he and his partner are pass masters, what a joy to be taught by such a talented man.

This is my first proper attempt, about an hour in, lots more very tricky cutting to do. I have made a rod for my own back as the whole piece is only the size of a postcard, wish I had made it larger. 

 
  

Inspired by my father’s isometric drawing

I kept think about of the shapes in the drawing so I made a 3D version of a small section. It will be a brooch, I couldn’t decide whether it should be highly polished or brushed matte finish. Here it is sitting on my workbench, still in the making. It measures about 4.5cm, made from silver sheet.