Carving Design Decisions
Questions to answer before taking that first cut
Synopsis: From a practical standpoint, writes Robert L. Buyer, effort spent in the design phase is made up during the execution phase by eliminating mistakes and rework. If the project is to be successful and fulfilling, however, some of this enthusiasm and energy must be channeled into the design effort. He talks about where to begin, what form to use, what wood to use, and how to finish your work. He discusses issues including how the piece will be held during carving and how to support the carving — and then how to ensure that the questions asked during planning result in actually starting a project.
It has been said that sculpture is the measure used by archaeologists to determine the cultural level of past civilizations. This statement always humbles me and makes me want to produce sculpture of the highest possible quality. Not that my woodcarving will ever find a…