Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:52
Eddie do you plan your sculptures then look for wood or does the wood inspire you?
It's a bit of a mix of both. I'm currently very keen on using wood that I just pick up from the side of the road with no real idea in mind. Usually I will spot an aspect of the grain in the wood, or a particular knot, and an idea will develop. I guess that the shape prior to working the piece of wood also forms many a theme.
Very often I will start with one idea, and end up with something completely different.
The piece that I did this week was a prime example, as the layout changed from the initial concept. Oddly I often don't like what I produce and it takes a while for me to accept things. Again the piece this week was just such an example. It was very much a rushed piece and felt almost as though I was just churning it out. Two days on and I now look at it and really like it.
I now like it enough that when I looked out of the window this morning, I was instantly hit with an idea of what to make next. I'm going to make two more identical pieces, but with differing height levels. One tall, one medium and one small. Then in a plant fashion, I shall set them out into a group of three, almost though they are coming out of the ground. So I guess that in this case, nature and garden planting has given me the idea.
This one will be the medium size piece.
I don't ever look at what other people have created, and to be honest don't even know the names of any other sculptors. I sometimes get ideas from ornaments in peoples homes or from items found on Google images, then adapt them to suit an idea.
This is a prime example.
I really love the flow and sweeping curves, and whilst I haven't made anything like it yet, one day I shall create something that echoes it.
I also love technically difficult pieces that are very symmetrical in shape. I often need to tax my brain to keep focused, and a piece such as the totem pole is a prime example. I have long forgotten how long that it took me, but every cut was marked and cut by hand with no power tools used. I guess that it was approx 70-80hrs work in total and I only made two slight over cuts in the whole piece. Luckily I was able to sand them both out.
And to show the scale and size of it, here it is with a mobile phone sitting on it.
I'm also a bit of a sucker when it comes to attention to detail and I've never been happy with anything that I have ever made, be it at work or with my hobby of sculpture. And finally, the one thing that holds me back is money and time, or rather the lack of both.