Friday 24 April 2009
Woodcarver and sculptor Ian Edwards gives us an insight into his carving life
When did you start to carve?At the age of seven, my first carving experience was done with a sheath knife. I carved window ledges, banister rails. My parents were not impressed! At the age of ten, I had moved on to skinning the barks of trees and making spears. At the age of 16 I began a 5-year apprenticeship. Here I learnt how to carve like the early 16th to late 18th century ornamental woodcarvers.
What made you continue carving?I love creating in wood, and can't think of a better job to do.
What inspires you when you carve?Wood inspires me, the subject to carve, the process of carving and the memory of my last successful piece.
What are you working on at the moment?I am working on a pheasant in flight.
Which carving tools wouldn't you be without?A 16mm U-shaped gouge. It's a tool I use to initiate form and life into a piece.
Which is your preferred style of carving and why?The naturalistic slightly stylised style of carving is my preference.
This style allows me to put a twist on certain areas of a piece. This method of carving came through years of experience.