Carvings Gallery

I took up wood carving having bought a rather nice little pocket knife. I wanted to test it out, and started whittling a piece of pine. This became a little head reminiscent of the Easter Island Moai. I carved several pieces with that knife, and later with a customised penknife, then for the more complicated carvings: a good set of wood carving knives, chisels, files, and lots of sandpaper.

Some of the carvings were improvised, but especially with the more complicated and intricate ones, I draw the designs onto paper and trace them onto the sides of the wood.

Having been a painter for many years, it was a challenge to move from two to three dimensions. It is strange, being three dimensional creatures living in a three dimensional universe, that it is hard to think in three dimensions. We tend to think of the world as being presented to us visually as a two dimensional canvas - all of the complex processes that allow us to perceive the world in three dimensions are hidden from our conscious minds, so it is an effort to force ourselves to think consciously about moving between a flat image and an object with depth.


Seated Dragon

Seated Dragon
2016, Sycamore, 8.5cm

Seated Dragon (multiple angle views)
Winged Lily Figure

Winged Lily Figure
2016, Lime, 20cm

Seated Lady

Seated Lady
2015, Lime, 21cm

Seated Lady (side view)

Seated Lady GIF
New Baby

New Baby
2015, Sycamore, 8cm sold

Spiral Embrace

Spiral Embrace
2014, Lime, 13cm sold

Two In One Infinity

Two In One Infinity
2014, Lime, 18cm sold

Standing Lady

Standing Lady
2014, Cherry, 11cm

This is an entirely improvised piece I carved from a small branch of cherry using my penknife (and sand paper).

Unlike with most of my more complicated carvings, I had not made any designs or sketches for this piece; I just felt like carving so I picked a piece of wood and started cutting. The lady herself is only about 8cm tall, so it was very fiddly work. I am very pleased with the finished result.

Standing Lady GIF
Meditator 2

Meditator 2
2014, Beech, 8.5cm

Girl in Dress

Girl in Dress
2015, Cherry, 7.5cm

Horse

Horse
2013, Lime, 7cm sold

Loop Mother

Loop Mother
2013, Ash, 7.5cm

Meditator

Meditator
2013, Pine, 6.5cm

Reclining Under Tree

Reclining Under Tree
2013, Sycamore, 7.5cm

Serene Figure

Serene Figure
2013, Pine, 4.5cm sold

Prostrate Figure

Prostrate Figure
2015, Sapele, 9cm

Head

Head
2013, Pine, 9.5cm

Juggler

Juggler
2013, Pine, 8cm

Balancer

Balancer
2013, Pine, 11cm

Wood Nymph

Wood Nymph
2016, Cherry, 13cm

Babushka

Babushka
2016, Lime, 16cm

Sitting Peacefully

Sitting Peacefully
2016, Cherry, 10cm sold

Bar with ring

Bar with ring
2013, Cherry, 6.5cm

Vase

Vase
2013, Pine, 8cm

Woman

Woman
2013, Sycamore, 13cm