The Carpentry

The working and finishing of the wood has a dramatic effect. The most striking effect on the trucks is the contrast or integration between the natural outer texture of ancient wood and the fine polished grains of the internal. I look at the woods natural curves and accentuate them with slow twisting lines. Not much carving is done. The natural flow of the grains is more important to me than a man made shape. I enjoy many fine sculptures from talented artists. However my style is to bring into focus what nature is without much cognitive interpretation. I am trying to bring the value of naturalness back to our perception. Normally we tend to want to dominate it by fitting it into a symbolic shape corresponding to some relative meaning. I would rather strive for feeling part of nature. I strive for accept it for the beauty it is without denying natures significance devoid of anything else. So retouching the wooden shapes only for contrast or integration is my intent.

Integration is a key word or concept for me. To integrate all the things civilization has created and unite them with the harmony found in natural is our next step in human development. We are stepping beyond the need for dominance over it. We have attained that. It was an important step. But now it is time to take a fresh look and integrate were we feel it is appropriate. More on this topic can be browsed threw in the Integral Art Page

Finally the time arrives for the sanding and the hardening-up of the wood. The sanding seems endless but it is very important work. It needs to be done with patience and detail. Only the new cuts to expose the interior are sanded. The untouched natural exterior grains are simply combed with a metal brush. This can bring out more detail and color. After the long hours of sanding we inject the wood with resins. The resins are diluted to penetrate deeply within the woods pours. Four times resins are applied as the wood becomes saturated. Once no more resin will enter the surface we wait for its final drying and sand again. We are careful not to apply too much resin on the surface once the interior is saturated. It makes the wood look like it is made in plastic. If there are holes in the places that were ground shaped and sanded we will fill these to the top with resins. This gives the sculptured parts of the trunk surface a smooth look. You can see these fill-ins in many of the older trunks. They are transparent spots in the grain and very pleasant to look at.

The next day we start the process of varnishing with a spray gun. Six coats of varnish are applied with sanding between each coat. We start with 3 coats of glossy epoxy that goes on thickly. This gives us a strong base coating. Gloss is artificial looking so we apply 3 coats of a semi-mat varnish on top of it for a more natural shine.

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