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Carol Griffin
Carol C Griffin attaches an abstract figurative sculpture to a base
How Does it Happen? Ever wonder how sculptures become attached to those black (or any other color) bases that they sit upon in museums and galleries?  In this 20-second video I attach my sculpture Moriko to a base.  Enjoy!
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From Blocking to Completion Follow along with the carving of my wood piece Kaia, from the blocking stage to completion.    
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Eight years ago I began an apprenticeship with Lorrie Goulet. She introduced me to wood carving and is passing on all her 70 years of carving knowledge.
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Teigra started out as a piece of pine in the shape of a miniature railroad tie, 26 x 3 x 3″.  I picked up four of these pieces of wood from a lumber yard scrap bin in East Hampton, New York, and used them to elevate items off the floor of my studio, which would...
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Before Any Real Carving Begins… You can see in these pictures that I’ve done more cleaning of the log, and have stood it up to get a feel for the shape. Because there are so many knots, I’ll need to plan carefully where the features — particularly the face — will be for this figure....
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There Are Always Complications This cedar log is filled with knots. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle them; they look tricky. The first thing to do is to cut them down so that they’re level with the rest of the log surface. Want to see the result?  Click here.
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Chainsaw to the Rescue After a couple of hours removing bark with flat chisel, saw, and hand-axe, a friend offered to take a chainsaw to the log. This saved me hours of work! Next?  Click here.
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Taking Off the Outer Bark I shipped one of the two-foot sections to Lorrie’s studio where I planned to work on it. UPS Ground ships anything…even logs…under 150lbs at a reasonable rate — that is, if one finds oneself needing to ship a log. Here, I’ve begun to remove the bark, using a flat chisel, mallet,...
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    Studio shots of the finished piece, completed in 2013. It’s very different from the maquette I started with in 2005; it’s much more in harmony with the stone. Directly carving the piece permitted me to take the properties of the stone into consideration, rather than forcing my ideas onto it.
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A Figure in Cedar Wood I bought this beautiful cedar log from a man who sells firewood. It was four feet long, but I decided to cut it in half. At the time, I didn’t have a chain saw, which would have done the job in seconds.  So, with the help of a large log...
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