Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Seven Pieces of Driftwood

I finished creating a new sculpture this past week.  The piece measures 20 inches (50.8 cm) wide, 24 inches (60.96 cm) high and 3 inches (7.62 cm) deep.  It is created with construction materials and found objects.

There is some very interesting woodworking going on with this new piece.  My main woodworking tool besides the circular saw is the grinder.  I find it very versatile with all the different discs available.

The color behind the found driftwood pieces adds a really nice spark.

wood sculpture with found objects

With this side view you can see how the piece trims out.

aged wood sculpture with found objects

 A close-up of the seven driftwood pieces I found at the beach for this sculpture.

detail showing driftwood for wood sculpture

 Rummaging through my tools and shed I found the spring and wrench, a great addition to the work.

detail showing aged wrench and spring on new wood sculpture

Monday, December 9, 2019

Warrior Shield Sculpture

I completed creating a new sculpture this past week.  It is inspired by African Warrior Shields. This wood sculpture was created with construction materials and found objects.  It measures 27 inches (.68 m) wide, 66 inches (1.68 m) high and 3 inches (7.62 cm) deep.

warrior shield wood sculpture

The three pieces of found driftwood represent three spears.  They are installed in the center quiver.

warrior shield sculpture
Here are some closeups. This first one is a good photo to show the woodworking on the surface of the piece.  I sculpted it to have a hand hewn look.

closeup of warrior shield sculpture

closeup of warrior shield sculpture

The metal straps were fabricated from a piece of sheet metal which I cut by hand and aged.

closeup of warrior shield sculpture

This is a picture to show relative size.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Ancient Woodworkers

Woodworkers have been around for a long time.  In fact woodworking is the oldest profession irregardless of what you my have heard. Starting with Homo erectus 2.5 million years ago the legacy of mankind has been built on the back of working with the most versatile of all natural materials, wood.

The Schoningen spears made by Neanderthals 340,000 years ago.

A milestone in woodworking is the invention of the javelin.  For over a million years early human species had been using wood spears for hunting and defense against predators.  These where called 'thrusting spears' and as the name implies were held and used to jab and thrust towards prey and against predators in defense.

Then someone along the line got the great idea of throwing it.  Eureka!  A whole new world opened up.   Turns out that the Neanderthals could make javelins with stone tools to almost the exact same specifications than modern day long-distance javelins are made to. This greatly increased the ability to defend and feed themselves.

If you would like to know the full story on the development of the throwing spear check out my post here on my Anthropology blog.

Unearthing the Neanderthal javelins.