The number one question Al gets asked when showing his work is..”How long did that take?” The answer is always the same, as long as it takes until it’s done. The number two question, especially when it come to the wood sculpture, is “How on earth did you do that??” Now that answer is a little trickier. Obviously you first have to be talented. Then a basic knowledge of sculpting, and in particular sculpting wood. Al is a 3rd generation woodworker, so that part is easy. And, he is extremely talented. He was lucky enough to be in the talent line when that was getting passed out. Not all of us were.
So as a way to show a step by step of the process on some of these pieces, we are going to start a how to series. People want to know how the work is created. Maybe out of curiosity, or they want to create something too. The first piece we are going to feature is one of the first wood sculptures Al carved an open book with leather gloves.
Al took pictures from the very beginning of this project, so it will be perfect for this. Here is a photo of the beginning of the idea.
We will show some progress shots and talk about the process, over a few weeks. So sharpen your pencils, and get ready to take notes. Not really. but that kinda sounded good. Mostly we hope you find the evolution of a sculpture entertaining, and educational.