Along side metal work and metalsmithing, woodworking is also one of my creative passions. Wood type crafts became a core obsession when at a very early age my maternal grandfather planted the seed. His entire life was dedicated to woodworking and he had a full shop in his home. My brother and I spent a lot of our early development years in that shop.
Since then I amassed a large collection of magazines and books on the subject of woodworking. The home library confirms I have been practicing and studying this craft all my life. It’s proof of what early exposure does to a young mind.
I have constructed many nice projects from wood and yes even works of art but it’s just as an avocation, I never made woodworking a full time vocation as my grandfather did. In the last decade or so I have taken a serious interest in adding wood carving, both by hand and CNC machine to my skills. An example is the carved leaf at the top of the page.
Recently I expanded my metalsmithing interest to include carving and in particular creating wax masters for casting. This blog shows some evidence of this with castings in resin, pewter and recently in lost wax sterling silver. I have explored both computer machined wax carving and am pleased with my results in hand carving. My preference is hand tooled wax work as long as I am able.
I developed skill with the computer assisted carving because I know some day my neuropathy will limit my manual abilities.
I am not a tinkerer, or a person lacking of skill. I become proficient at what I enjoy and continue to work to master my craft. My slowly deteriorating nervous system (Peripheral Neuropathy) has me concerned but has not stopped me. I have to work harder and sometimes slower, but I press on. I hope I encourage the young and old to pursue all their interest in art. There is a lifetime in which to do it, but it starts today.
So starting here in Dimensional Art Org I highlight my God given talents and display and talk about the creative artistic side of my nature. Most of the things I display will be for show and occasionally a few may be for sale.
My other (fraternal) grandfather was a talented and in-demand oil and watercolor artist who received as much pleasure displaying and selling his work in art shows as he experienced in creating it. What he loved most was to talk to his customers.
Artistic talent is a family legacy. Many in our clan have the artistic knack, not necessarily by inheritance, but by exposure. I wish to enjoy and share my art as my grandfathers did, in my remaining time…