re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

# 18 A cool place for inspiration: Leanin’ Tree

Wood carvers are always looking for ideas.  They are also looking for help in how to carve something in an interesting way.

Donkey eye detail, Leanin' Tree collection

Wolf, Leanin' Tree collectionI always enjoy.

Where to go?  We will have many more entires on sources for ideas.  We plan to discuss books, pictures, photos, calendars, other artist’s work.   One of my sources of inspiration is Leanin’ Tree .

I have enjoyed Leanin’ Tree.   Leanin’ Tree is part of  Trumble Greetings, a greeting card company.

What interests me for this blog, and there are many aspects of Leanin’ Tree which do interest me – not least the cards and

Eagle detail, Leanin' Tree collection

books I have purchased from them,  is the Western art which Mr. Ed Trumble has gathered.  This collection is now on display in Leanin’ Tree’s museum at the main office in Boulder,  Colorado.

As you can tell from the pictures included in this entry, what is of interest here is not necessarily the entire piece of art.  The close up shots of carvings allows me to see how a particular artist dealt with a

Bear detail, Leanin' Tree collection

particular challenge in representing real life in an artistic way.  The animals here are not real, they are art.  What liberties did the artist take with reality?  How did he or she capture the “wolf-ness”  or “eagle-ness” in bronze or stone?  Was there exaggeration in the eye details or in the length of the face?  What kinds of cuts would I have to make in order catch the same movement in wood?  Could I use a similar movement in a piece to give my work flow or interest for the viewer?

A visit to Leanin’ Tree in Boulder would be a worthwhile stop.  If that is not possible, an online bookmark for the museum or a purchase of one of the museum’s books would be a valuable addition to any carver’s collection.  They would provide hours of enjoyment and inspiration.

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