Every time we take a piece to a show, or to a gallery, Al is asked, “How long did that take you?” Or “How did you do that?” He always answers, I work on it till it’s done. When people look at the carving, the attention to detail in any piece, they are of course curious about the time involved. What many don’t realize though, is that Al has been building things out of wood since he was a kid. He built his first piece of furniture, a desk, when he was 12. He began the artistic wood carving in 1999, so he’s been doing that for while too.
All these factors come together to help Al be better than most, and quicker than many at creating his functional art pieces.
Every Friday on Roxy the traveling dog, I do a feature I call Shop dog report. I will take pictures of the project that is currently being worked on, and post an update every Friday. This has been a great fun way to chronicle the progress of a piece, and it also gives clients a way to follow along on a piece they have commissioned.
So in answer to the question, how long did that take, I am posting pictures of the progress on the piece, “Spirit of the Tetons”. If you would like to see progress on other projects, jump over to Roxy the traveling dog and look up the category, Shop dog report.
These pictures start on July 14th, but you can see that some work was obviously done about a week before that.
July 21st. Here is the start of my part of the project. The mountains are a little more detailed, and so are the birds.
Thank goodness for clamps.
July 27th, less clamps, more carving done.
August 8th, no clamps, and we almost have a chair.
August 18th. The finish is mostly done, and the chair is done except for fringing the leather.
August 25th. Done, and ready for the show.
We then took it the photographer to get some professional photos done. All of which can be seen on the Functional Art page.
So that’s it, in a nut shell so to speak. The creation of a great piece of functional art.
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