Carving Found Wood: Tips, Techniques, and Inspiration from the Artists

Overview

"Sometimes the wood tells you what is going to happen." - Jim Wright

"Found wood already has inspiration in it It's a natural product, delivered to your hands just the way Mother Nature made it." - David Neener

There is something exciting, challenging, and authentic about working with wood that has been found in nature. It begins as a washed a-shore branch of driftwood, a fallen piece of bark, or even a weathered piece of bristle cone pine found high a-top a Colorado mountain. But its natural beauty provides ...

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Overview

"Sometimes the wood tells you what is going to happen." - Jim Wright

"Found wood already has inspiration in it It's a natural product, delivered to your hands just the way Mother Nature made it." - David Neener

There is something exciting, challenging, and authentic about working with wood that has been found in nature. It begins as a washed a-shore branch of driftwood, a fallen piece of bark, or even a weathered piece of bristle cone pine found high a-top a Colorado mountain. But its natural beauty provides shape and inspiration for an artist. A twisted trunk becomes a prowling lion; a bended branch becomes preying bird. The wood itself guides the artist's hands and the project does not start in the workshop, but in nature.

Inside this book you will meet many artists-masters in the art of carving found wood. You will hear their exciting stories of forging wood and view stunningly photographed samples of their work. You will also learn what each artist looks for in a piece of wood, what tools they use, tips for finishing and so much more. You will also be guided-step-by-step-through an entire project carved in cottonwood bark. You will never look at a tree the same again.

- Jack Portice
- Carol Jean Boyd
- Debbe Edwards
- Rick Jensen
- David Neener
- Marshal Artime
- John Burke
- Jim Wright

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565231597
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 905,554
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vic Hood is the president of a unique building corporation, Leatherwood, Inc., which specializes in historic restoration. As a restorationist, Vic has been responsible for the restoration of several presidential houses, national landmarks, national monuments and house museums. He started carving in 1991, concentrating on carving full-size human busts for which he has won 83 awards, including several Best of Show awards. His most treasured honor was to be selected to create a Christmas ornament for the White House in 2001. Vic is one of the founders of the Leipers Fork Carving Club in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. Vic studied carving under John Burke and Larry Rogers for several years before becoming a carving instructor himself. He currently teaches classes on carving the human bust at several major workshops around the country and at individual club workshops. Due to Vics experience in competitive pumpkin carving, he was invited to be the featured pumpkin carver at the 2003 Gentry Farms Pumpkin Festival. Vic, along with Jack Williams, co-authored Carving Found Wood, published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co., Inc.

Jack A. Williams is a commercial photographer working from his studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photography was once a hobby for Jack until he discovered he could make a living doing what he enjoyed. He then needed a new hobby, so in 1973 he started woodcarving. His artistic talents have been demonstrated with a third Best of Show in the first National Caricature Carving Competition held at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri; a Best of Show at the Ward Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland; Peoples and Carvers Choice and Best of Wood Sculpture at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; and Best of Division at the International Woodcarvers Congress in Davenport, Iowa. Jack also won first place in the Flex-Cut Tool Internet Carving Competition in 2001. The year 2003 marks Jacks 12th year to coordinate the woodcarving show at Dollywood, which hosts The Great Pumpkin Carving Competition, and to coordinate the National Caricature Carving Competition. In 2003 Jack was elected to become a member of the Caricature Carvers of America and is President and one of the founders of the Tennessee Carvers Guild. Jack now spends a great deal of time photographing carvings at shows and for friends, and his photography appears frequently in many magazines on woodcarving and other subjects. Jack is a co-author of Carving Found Wood with Vic Hood and of The Illustrated Guide to Carving Tree Bark with Rick Jensen, both published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co., Inc.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi
Artists
Marshal Artime 1
Carole Jean Boyd 10
John Burke 16
Debbe Edwards 20
Gary Falin 26
Rick Jensen 30
Carving Found Wood Step-by-Step 36
Artists
Reneé Manning 62
David Neener 66
Jack Portice 72
Jim Wright 78
About the Authors 85
Vic Hood 86
Jack A. Williams 88

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Just a Picture Book

    If you like picture books, this is the book for you. As for carving insights and step by step techniques, this book is sorely lacking. It's a compliation of various artist's work in colored pictures. there is one step by step project, and virutally no insight other than 'you have to experiment', or 'I use lots of different finshes' etc. save your money. If I had seen it in person I would never have bought the book

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