Posted by Kim Neith Thompson on Monday, March 11, 2013
A few months ago I carved a crying woman out of a piece of Sycamore. I've never really told the story of how she came about so I thought I would as its different to how I normally work.
When I started her I didn't really have what I was going to carve in my mind, this is usually a fatal error and the precursor to wasting the bit of wood. I did however feel very vulnerable and upset so I decided to just follow my emotion. This is a very different way of working for me as normally I'll have created a design to work from before I start and reproduce that design in the wood.
Instead I just let how I was feeling manifest itself in the wood through my saw. I literally sketched her with the saw out of the wood. I was really pleased with the results, I liked the sketchy feel to the piece and thought she conveyed exactly how I was feeling. I decided to sand her at a later date as I thought the beauty of the grain in the wood would add an extra dimension. This again is not something I normally do as I pride myself on most of my work being done completely with the chainsaw but I thought in this case it was justified.
I later found out that I was feeling these emotions due to being in the first month of pregnancy when you naturally feel a bit more emotional and vulnerable. This made her an even more personal piece, a true piece of art.