The Artist at Work - Sculptree

Butterfly Spell

'Butterfly Spell' was completed during Sculptree 2003 at Westernbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. Sculptree is a week-long annual wood carving event which invites 12 professional wood carvers to create giant sculptures, which are auctioned at the end of the week, with the proceeds going to 'Tree Aid'. The piece took 7 days to complete, using chainsaw and angle-grinder.

Day One

The 'blank' await the sculptor.

Day One
Day One
Day One

Day Two

The upper part of the shape is roughed out using chainsaw only and an idea of the potential of the wood is gained.

Day Two
Day Two
Day Two

Day Three

The upper part is becoming defined and I now have a good idea of how the wood will behave and where I am going with it.

Day Three
Day Three
Day Three

Day Four

The sculpture can now be pulled upright so I get a different view to work on and this goes quite well, giving me great satisfaction.

Day Four
Day Four
Day Four

Day Five

I am now paying considerable attention to detail and trying to make the sculpture look 'right' from any angle. This can be very difficult and time consuming but is worth it in the end.

Day Five
Day Five
Day Five

Day Six

I spend part of the day working on the fine detailing with a rotary sander.

Day Six
Day Six
Day Six

Day Seven

I'm running behind schedule and have to have a long day building on what I have already created.

Day Seven
Day Seven
Day Seven

Eight

The finishing sanding is done and the piece is completed.

Day Eight
Day Eight
Day Eight

Conclusion

I was very pleased with the comments of almost everybody who saw the result. For me it was an excellent week during which I was able to practise my art and see what everybody else was up to.

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