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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Fred Warshofsky
Gainesville, GA

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In 2003, I opted for a new career as a full time woodturner and carver. In many ways the two careers are not, as they may seem to be, mutually exclusive. I have always been fascinated by ideas and images, essential elements for writing and directing, and as I have discovered, for woodturning and carving. As a woodturner I try to combine images with the forms I create on the lathe and then turn them into the finished piece. Thus, a dark spot might become an eye, the swirl of grain, or the sweep of a wing, all brought out and enhanced by the carving. I exhibit and sell my work at Arts and Crafts shows in the Atlanta area. I also do work on commission. In 2009 I was awarded First Place in Wood Carving at the Georgia National Fair.

Most of my subjects are wildlife. Birds, fish, butterflies, horses, bears, frogs, and turtles are among my favorite subjects. Virtually all of my pieces start out on the lathe. Bowls and vases are then carved after being turned. Sculptural pieces are turned as circular forms a few inches thick, then removed from the lathe and possibly roughed out on a band saw and then hand carved.

Below are a couple of my pieces, including several of my hummingbird pieces. The sculpture is a somewhat stylized hummingbird made of ambrosia maple, approximately 14" in diameter. The bowl is magnolia, 12"x6". For me, hummingbirds are among the most fascinating of God's creations. What I try to capture is the essence of their seemingly constant movement, and their incredible ability to hover as they delicately sip nectar from flowers.



You can email Fred at fredwars14@gmail.com. You can also visit his website at www.bowlarts.com

Would you like to see your carvings in this column? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodcarving projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodcarving. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your carving work in a future issue!


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