John Adamson- Tree Sculptor

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Tickhill Two




 

This was a yew log with all the difficulties that involves.     It had very black bark, very white layer of new wood under that, and bright red / orange / purple heart wood.     It is difficult to get a uniformed carved surface out of this especially as it had some very deep fissures that ran deep into the middle of the log.       But I like a challenge!!

Those fissures were however useful.   They helped to define where the arms and legs could be.   It is no good having a limb crossing a fissure, so it has to be made out of the wood that's in between the fissures.   There were however too many fissures in some places so the black bark shows on the final carving.   However in time the wood will mellow into a silver colour and the black will not be so noticeable.

 

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