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Dryad Design, Ltd. Original Art by Paul Borda
feels the image is a gift from the Gods and has an etheric life of its own.
holds the image in his
mind until he
finds the appropriate material.
will stare for long periods of time into the material until he
can see within the completed piece.
Through this process the image and its life force is transferred into the wood or stone.
maintains that once the image solidifies in the wood, the carving is quick and easy.
The first day is the most exciting for him because everything is potential.
heart pumps with excitement and the thrill of sinking his
chisels into wood.
Day One: Paul
studio "shoveling wood.
A great deal of material needs to be removed before the image begins to appear.
Day Two: This part of the carving process is called "blocking.
develops the most basic shapes of the overall piece from largest to smallest.
The image is beginning to emerge.
Day Three: The features and the overall feeling of the piece are becoming apparent.
The greatest emotion lies in the face, so Paul
defines this area first.
presence sets the tone for the rest of the piece.
Day Twenty: Detail work begins in earnest.
finds, "The foxglove is harder to carve than I expected.
Luckily, the garden provides living reference.
Day Thirty: Paul
calls this "focusing.