Rarely do we get windless moments in winter.
Sam and I arrived at just the right time.
Not even a ‘zephyr’….
So far, so good. The mould takes shape.
My handsome Luban Low Angle Block Plane (manufactured by Qiangsheng Tool Company) has come into its own. I used it to shape the spine profile, and it seemed to understand exactly what was required.
I have taken note of that: if all else fails, reach for the infallible Low Angle Block Plane….
I have found that carving a small object can be a difficult project, and may well take longer than the carving of something larger.
I remember struggling with the construction of the tiny sailing skiff Kingfisher, a six foot replica of the original Silver Mist made by Dad long ago (about 1958).
Construction of Explorer (1996) was, by comparison, straightforward. Her greater length seemed to be more forgiving of (perceived) defects and imperfections.
I wanted this small spoon to be perfect, or at least beautiful.
Still working on it….
Kazuyuki Ohtsu (born 1935) is one of the great masters of Japanese wood- block printmaking.
His work can be found at: https://sakurafineart.com/
– a site which specializes in twentieth century and contemporary Japanese woodblock prints.
A water colour study of a Southern Flinders landscape, 2010.
Very different, it seems to me, from the Mark Pearse landscapes in acrylic.
Spare, delicate, minimalist, Zen: these are adjectives that spring to mind.
It appeals to my wood-carving temperament….and I should note that Mark Pearse was an accomplished and prolific sculptor in wood.