My Sculpture Process
Platypus Burl Bowl
This large Gum Burl was chosen by the client and handed to me with only two requests, make a bowl with an Australian theme. Meshing my two favourite subjects was instant excitement for me. After studying the burl I visualised a design and with help from my father he used a chainsaw to remove a lot of the bulk and reach the bowl depth as the burl was quite large 35cm high x 70cm diameter.
Shaped the majority of the design with my Arbortech Mini Carver and here adding the finer details with hand chisels, although I don’t recommend using hand carving chisels on burls.
The ripples in the water were created using a combination of the mini industrial and the Arbortech Contour Sander.
Here is the before photo of an unusual shaped piece of Red Cedar that I took a liking to and could instantly see with a little design and shaping it would become a Wale Tale.
Table with carved legs for the pedestal base
My nephew Rhyce Skodnik a fine furniture maker from Maleny in QLD. Aust. was commissioned to build this table. I was asked to design and carve the legs for the pedestal base. The rough sketch shown here was put forward to the client and accepted as the design to be carved on the four legs.