Gluing and Carving Method in Bobby’s Sculpture

Wood carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object. The phrase may also refer to the finished product, from individual sculptures to hand-worked mouldings composing part of a tracery.

The making of sculpture in wood has been extremely widely practiced, but survives much less well than the other main materials such as stone and bronze, as it is vulnerable to decay, insect damage, and fire. It therefore forms an important hidden element in the art history of many cultures. Outdoor wood sculptures do not last long in most parts of the world, so it is still unknown how the totem pole tradition developed. Many of the most important sculptures of China and Japan in particular are in wood, and so are the great majority of African sculpture and that of Oceania and other regions. Wood is light and can take very fine detail so it is highly suitable for masks and other sculpture intended to be worn or carried. It is also much easier to work on than stone.
Some of the finest extant examples of early European wood carving are from the Middle Ages in Germany, Russia, Italy and France, where the typical themes of that era were Christian iconography. In England, many complete examples remain from the 16th and 17th century, where oak was the preferred medium.
One of sculptor from Texas-based woodworking artist and YouTube star Bobby Duke specializes in hand-carved wooden sculptures and stone carvings. For his latest creation, Bobby Duke created an illusionary floating mug sculpture that looks like it’s pouring liquefied colored pencils. The mug is cleverly carved from a single block of basswood, while the “liquid” is made from hundreds of Crayola colored pencils that have been glued together and sanded into a flowing shape that cascades to form a “splash” at the base. A clear resin finish gives the piece an amazing liquid shine.
Duke films the creation of every piece he makes, which he shares with his fan base of over 250,000 Youtube subscribers. Despite his professional sculpting skills, Duke also has a less serious side that comes across in his videos. For his Floating Cup Pencil Carving video, Duke introduces it saying, “In this video, we travel yet further into my twisted mind and sense of humor.” The episode takes the viewer through the entire process, from Duke’s hilarious over-excitement when shopping for wood, to his evident delirium when his crazy idea becomes a reality.
Source: My Modern Met, Instagram

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