Andrew Wilson Smith (http://andrewwilsonsmith.com/) is a sculptor who lives in Scranton, PA and works out of a huge walkout basement room at the boy’s boarding school where he also teaches part-time. His work ranges from architectural ornament to narrative sculpture, and he works in a variety of materials. For the months of July and August, he’ll be teaching me stone carving while I work in his studio.
Several years ago, I saw a picture of Andrew in a newsletter from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. He was carving the twelve apostles on the lintel above the entrance to the monastery church. It looked like the ideal job. Well, it looked hot and dusty, but it looked like a cool job.
Andrew showed up in New York City this past winter as a speaker at a lecture series I was attending. I asked him where I could learn stone carving. Turns out, his studio is a good place to do that.
So, here’s my first project. It’s a direct stone carving which means that I don’t start with a model. I just draw directly on the stone and make carving decisions as I go along.
The design is a rosette motif copied from an original carved by Andrew.
Here is how the block starts out:
Squaring the Top
Scribing the Rosette Design on the Top Using a Crayon and Compass
Removing Stone to Define the Highest and Lowest Points
Drawing Complete Design on the Surface
Finding Contours of Leaves and Petals
Shaping the Petals
This project will probably take me another week to finish. I look forward to posting the finished carving!