Best carvings in the world

John

Carving isn’t as rudimentary as many people think. Instead, you can in fact find everything from human forms to spaghetti seats. Yes, there really is a huge number of things you can do with a simple piece of wood (that is with a little practice and a lot of time!) Some of my favourite carvings in the world are:

Bruno Walpoth’s Human Sculptures. The amazing artist creates fantastic wooden sculptures. After completing the carving, Walpoth will then cover his whole creation with a paint which is semi-translucent. The final result is amazing and takes your breath away completely!
Eboarch is a collaboration between Yon Ju Lee and Brian Brush. They were able to create a “Seat” which is made from 400 wooden chairs. The result is incredible and the effect cannot be described – you simply need to Google it!
Dan Webb is particular favourite of mine. He created “Destroyer” – something which you should certainly be checking out!

These are all large structures and pieces which I aspire to create. However, there are also many smaller pieces which I am also impressed by! For example:

I am a HUGE fan of Caricature Carvings. Those done by Phil Bishop are particularly fantastic. I’m always amazed when people can create stunning caricatures on PAPER, so when it’s done in wood – wow.
As well as carving, I also love architecture – although this is only a very amateur passion – I especially love when the two passions come together. So, James McNabb is an absolute favourite of mine. His work focuses on small abstract cityscapes. However, McNabb focuses on unique pieces.
A piece which I think is really cool is a blend of both carving and technology. Michael Rea created Wooden Technology and he even includes both glass and steel. In fact, his work is mainly inspired by sci-fi films!
A larger idea which I am very interested in is Jeff Uitto’s Driftwood Sculptures. Imagine! He finds large pieces of driftwood and creates amazing sculptures such as giraffes and horses. I’ll be linking his work in a later post.

I hope to add images to this page once I find the best options, or once I visit the amazing works myself! Are you an aspiring carver? Please send me your best work so I can display it on this website. If you need my tips or help – then also get in touch! I love to connect with local carvers, as well as carvers all over the world!

Carving through ages

John

As one of the oldest art forms in human history, wherever wood and humans has existed, wood carving has happened. As a light and highly manipulative material, it was preferred to the much heavier stone.

In the Biblical tradition, it is suggested that the first man, Adam, was the first wood carver.

Wood carving has been used to develop new technology, instruments, buildings, as well as an art form to be admired in its own right.

In modern Australia, Oceanic art was often produced by carving with wood. This was particularly used for the creation of canoes to travel as well.

While in North America, the Native Americans used wood carving to make totem poles for spiritual occasions. However, due to the perishableness of wood, it is unclear to historians how this tradition emerged.

In Asia, wood carving was also widely used. This is especially the case in Japan and China. Even today many of the most notable buildings, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing was construction with wood.

While in Europe, the art form was mostly used for the construction of homes, churches and cathedrals in the early-medieval period.

In many African societies, wood carving was used to produce wooden masks, as well as religious and ceremonial figures.

The creation of figures has been a regular feature in the history of wood carving. This was extremely difficult to create details and the wood soon started to crack. However, in many cases the details were of little concern since paint would be added for the details.

This is why many modern sculptures tend to favour marble and other materials. Nevertheless, woodcarver continue to carry out the long tradition of wood carving.

Unfortunately, much of the historical products of wood carving are no longer available to us, since they have subsequently perished.