It is wood. Well, at least it began as wood. I know, it isn’t in the traditional form, but wonderfully carved none the less. I have shown other book carvers, but these are really fun. Have you seen Petras? Guy has done a masterful job of giving us the feeling of the place.
The rest of these book carvings are also eye appealing. One reminds me of a Pueblo of Southwestern USA. Another has to be named Pagoda. Not sure if I see it correctly, but one looks like it has a grave at the top – are those flowers? What do you think? Another I call “Oriental Mountain.” It reminds me of scenes from China. The final one, which also looks oriental, I have named “Overunder.” It has a great feel to it.
CARVING TIP: You will notice the good lighting that the photographer used when taking these pictures. A good tip for wood carvers. I am trying to learn the ropes of lighting. One site I read mentioned setting up a photo area. Have the camera, lights, materials and any thing else needed for photographing ready in one place. Then, when you have a carving ready, it is but a moment to take a few shots and you have something to post.
I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels. —John Calvin
So, what’s in a book? One might answer: words, information, ideas, homework, images, love, adventure, wisdom, art. All of the aforementioned are true. A further question, what do you mean by art? You play the game: pictures, images, ideas about art – how to do, how to improve, how to buy or sell art, how to critique art, how to display art. Again, all of these are good ideas. One last question, what do books, recycling wood, and carving have to do with each other?
Humor me: books are made out of paper –> paper is made out of wood –> therefore, if you make art objects, real art, not just talk about art, out of books you have achieved status of recycling wood through carving thereby creating art. And your pieces fit this blog perfectly. And even if they didn’t fit all those categories, they are great pieces of carving.
Now check out what Brian Dettmer has accomplished with books!
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law(Bible).” Psalm 119:18