The Story of Wood – Vessel Emerging

When you see a finished piece of carved or turned work, it can be difficult to imagine how that piece evolved from wood as we see it in nature - trees, branches, logs and so on. As part of the Story of Wood - the tale of how trees are reborn as art - I decided to make that connection. I could have taken the process and shown a part-worked piece, or a piece of turned work ...
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A tale of spalted beech

Whale sculpture in spalted beech
You’ve probably admired the beautiful black, brown or sometimes red lines, creating beautiful patterns across a piece of wood, but do you know how these patterns are made? Spalting is the term used to describe the process by which certain fungi grow on cut or fallen trees and travel up through the timber. They take 2 to 3 years to form these beautiful patterns and the li...
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The making of ‘Owl’ – Part 2

I had roughed out the owl's form in green wood and then waited months for the material to dry. Why? Dry wood can take detail and reach a fine finish. It can also be brought indoors without fear of distortion or cracking. So I returned to the open air to refine the owl form. Green wood is pliable and horse chestnut is no exception. It had taken the form I marked out fo...
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The making of ‘Owl’ – Part 1

Creating sculpture can be a slow process. It takes time to move from inspiration to concept, then to preliminary sketches and selection of materials. The making is an art in itself. I want to show you more of the making, partly because some people think that is the entire work rather than just part of the process. There's always a seed of some kind, whether you draw upon rea...
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Sculpture in Yew and AAW Open Studios

Working in wood can open up interesting possibilities when creating sculptural works. Yew, which has contrasting heartwood and sapwood, is used to great effect in this sculpture, titled 'Nomad'   Nomad is one of the sculptures which has gone out to show our work in AAW Open Studios main exhibitions in the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead and Canolfan David Hughes, Bea...
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