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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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    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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  In 2011, I had begun working closely with my mentor, Lorrie Goulet, for about a year. I decided to ask for her advice. When Lorrie looked at a picture of the piece, she was as dismayed as I was that there was not enough material for a proper size head. She advised me to...
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  Here, I’ve used a compressor to clear off the tool marks and further clarify the forms. I’ve begun to notice something that I don’t like — the proportion of the head seems too small! The thing about carving — its subtractive nature — is that once material is carved away, it’s gone. If too...
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Here, I’ve blocked the main forms using hammer and chisels. — at The Art Students League of New York.      
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