By

Carol Griffin
"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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I was laboriously removing the bark, "popping" it off in sections. Then my friend offered a better way and voila...no more bark. Yay!
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Section of cedar log
Okay, time to remove the bark. It's not as easy as it sounds -- does it even sound easy? Well I'm here to tell you that it's not!
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Rough cedar log
Check out this beauty of a cedar log, will you? It's roughly four feet long. I didn't want to work with that length so I decided to cut it in half. By hand.
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Left profile of "Oriata" torso
I'm very happy with this piece now. Lorrie Goulet helped me through some rough patches, that's for sure! I look forward to carving Carrara marble again.
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"Oriata" Carrara torso in progress
I had to take off the too-small head. It was painful, but necessary. From then on, I've only used the material to carve pieces directly. No more maquettes.
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"Oriata" marble torso in progress
After cleaning off many of the tool marks, it starts to dawn on me that if a maquette doesn't have good proportions the finished piece won't either!
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Carrara marble block
I'm still working with my maquette. I didn't know the joys of direct carving at the time. Makes me cringe to think about that now.
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Carrara marble with maquette
I began working this gorgeous block of Carrara marble before I knew what direct carving was. I didn't know then that the finished piece would be nothing like I envisioned.
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