The Carving Masterpiece #1: The Gathering

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Blog entry by Dan Krager posted 06-02-2013 11:59 PM 1522 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gathering has begun. I’m collecting source and modeling material to firm up the foggy notions floating in my head. Sketching will be involved, but I want to model in full scale, too, to check “doability”. Imitating a master like Grinling Gibbons is no small task. I haven’t really begun and I am already humbled!
So here are the humble beginnings. I’ll add pictures as I come across stuff or complete a model. These pictures represent the basswood column that will be the back bone of the piece, the plant leaders, foliage forms, etc. There will be grape bunches, raspberry clusters, hydrangea blooms, misc. leaves, possible Wisteria blooms and of course the ever challenging plant leaders that act like delicate feelers for the plant to find things to climb upon.

Hydrangea leaves:

Red raspberry blooms:

Rhododendron leaves:

A picture in the Handbook of Ornament split my thinking into two forms, so I must make a decision. One form is a vase with long stem cuttings that twist around each other. It’s pretty open and airy. The other form, the original in my thinking, is a flattened pot with a post supporting dense foliage. If one is reasonably successful, I may do the other. I’m leaning towards the original idea, post and dense foliage.

It’s gonna take awhile, so don’t hold your breath. It’s not a commission (yet) so it’s a learning thing done in my “spare” time.

-- DanK All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 01:11 PM

That’s quite an undertaking Dan, but I’m sure you’re up to it. I’ll be watching with interest as I love Grinling Gibbon’s work.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 01:35 PM

That’s an ambitious undertaking and I hope that you will document it well because I’d love ti see how it unfolds. I wish you well in your project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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