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Carol Griffin
Artist Carrie Mae Weems gave a graduation speech at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2016. Her advice is particularly timely and relevant.
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Pine Wood End Grain
When I first saw it, I was impressed by the strong grain patterns of this southern yellow pine lumber. So I turned it into a sculpture (of course)!
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Black walnut log
Spongy Areas Have to Go! I’m just starting on my black walnut log. There are some spongy areas in the whitish sapwood that I’m investigating.
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Closeup of crack in apple wood
This post illustrates how I filled cracks in an applewood sculpture using Elmer's glue, a metal spatula, and wood shavings.
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Carol C Griffin attaches an abstract figurative sculpture to a base
Ever wonder how sculptures become attached to those bases that they sit upon? In this 20-second video I attach my sculpture "Moriko" to a base. Enjoy!
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"Kaia" legs during carving
Here's a short video showing the different stages of carving the wood sculpture "Kaia", from the blocking stage to completion.
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Eight years ago I began an apprenticeship with master sculptor Lorrie Goulet. She's passing on as much of her 70+ years of experience to me as possible.
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Southern yellow pine wood
This pine wood with its exceptionally vivid grain patterns required some very careful carving. But I think the result was worth it!
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"Sula", continued. The log has been cleaned off more. Can you see the wood chips all over the workbench and the floor? Cleaning can be messy!
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Cedar wood is known for its knots. A knot is simply the base of a branch. The wood fibers grow around the knot and can make for very tricky carving.
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