Wood carving is a form of working wood by means of a cutting tool held in the hand (this may be a power tool), resulting in a wooden figure or figurine (this may be abstract in nature) 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.
Some of the finest extant examples of early wood carving are from the Middle Ages in 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.
From the remotest ages the decoration of wood has been a foremost art. The tendency of human nature has always been to ornament every article in use. Just as a child of today instinctively cuts patterns on the bark of his switch freshly taken from the hedgerow, humanity has from the earliest times cut designs on every wooden article fit for carving. The North American native carves his wooden fish-hook or his pipe stem just as the Polynesian works patterns on his paddle. The native of Guyana decorates his cassava grater with a well-conceived scheme of incised scrolls, while a Loango Bay native might re-envision his spoon with figures standing up in full relief carrying a hammock.
Of late years carving has gone out of fashion. The work is necessarily slow and requires substantial skill, making the works expensive. Other and cheaper methods of decoration have driven carving from its former place. Machine work has much to answer for, and the endeavor to popularize the craft by means of the village class has not always achieved its own end. The gradual disappearance of the individual artist, elbowed out as he has been, by the contractor, is fatal to the continuance of an art which can never flourish when done at so much a yard.
displayed his works at the AAW Symposium, Florida
Tony Cortese Woodturning and Woodcarving
Hello, my name is Tony Cortese and I have been a Woodturner for
10 years. I have always been fascinated with the hidden beauty of wood. I use
mostly local woods from my home state of Florida & the southeastern USA. I am a
member of Hands on Wood Turners of Central Florida and a member of the American
Association of Woodturners. Over the years, I have attended many demonstrations
and symposiums, lessons from various Woodturners, thus becoming proficient at
turning bowls, platters, vases, and hollow forms. My work has been displayed at
AAW Symposiums and a number of art shows and galleries in the Southeast.
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