What does Sculpting in Clay have to do with Wood Carving?

Relief Sculpting a Mule Deer Head by Jeff WolfYou might have seen that some of our latest products are about teaching sculpting rather than just wood carving.

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You might be asking yourself, “What does sculpting have to do with Carving and why are they we spending so much time on sculpting lessons, rather than just teaching how to carve wood?”

What a lot of Wood Carvers don’t realize is how much their Wood Carving would improve if they first worked a design out in clay.

Think about this:

  • Clay is very forgiving, wood is not.
  • Clay is much cheaper than wood and can be used over and over.
  • If you remove too much clay from a design, simply put it back.
  • If you need to add some, grab a chunk and stick it in place and mold it into the piece.
  • If you don’t like a texture, re-do it.
  • If you want a tree to look a certain way, try it, wipe it out, try it again until you get it perfect.
  • You could show a design to a client before carving it to make sure it’s exactly what they want.
  • You have a clay design to show other clients after the wood carving is SOLD.
  • You could have a bronze or resin cast made of the design for future promotion.
  • You could have a bronze sculpture made from the clay to sell editions – Wood Carvings are only sold once.
These are just some things from the top of my head that I have learned while working closely with artists such as Jeff Wolf, Craig Hone and Dyke Roskelley.
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It doesn’t matter if you carve 3d works of art or relief carvings, if you work out the details in clay – FIRST – the carving will go much quicker and the design is much more likely to turn out EXACTLY THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO. (The First Time!)

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