“Direct Carving” means you don’t know what you’re sculpting — you just start cutting into the wood and let it lead you where it wants to go. Well, that’s what I’ve done here.
I was just starting out in wood, so I needed some wood. I went to the Rafael lumber yard and picked out a 6″ x 12″ Douglas Fir beam, 12 feet long (the shortest they have). Then the yard cut the beam into 30″ pieces to fit inside my jeep, and I took them all home.
So, what to do with five 30″ pieces of 6″ x 12″ fir? I didn’t know yet that it was ok to use power tools, like Dremels or grinders, so I stabbed in with German steel hand chisels and a mallett. Where I could follow the grain of the wood and the knots, I did that
Eventually, the cut wood began to suggest to me shapes like cones and canisters and caverns. As I continued shaping the shapes and connecting lumps to bumps, more sophisticated forms began to emerge. Behold: faces, foreheads, mouths, eyes.
And that was my first stab at direct carving.