This blog features the current woodcraft, Art and Graphic work of David Stanley.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I have been constantly delighted to see examples on the web of stunningly inspiring pieces of work in all kinds of crafts. It is also a delight to witness the enthusiasm shown by people, beginners and expert, in all stages of the journey they are undertaking in their craft. I am especially appreciative of those that generously publish their progress, their processes of design, their methods of work, tools used, mistakes, remedies and successes for the benefit of others. Having benefited so much from this myself I would like to attempt a contribution of the same kind. So I am intending to Show my own progress in various woodcraft projects in this blog, in the hope that you will find it helpful for your own work, or for you to help me with mine. My interest is in many different kinds of woodcraft but in particular the hand-carving of Welsh love-spoons. I am only a beginner at this fine art of love-spoon carving, as I have only made two love-spoons so far. However I'm almost convinced that if ever a craft was the proper domain for beginners, then carving welsh love-spoons was it. Surely love-spoon carving, by the very nature of the case, was mostly carried out by beginners, a labour of love to produce an extravagant gift. I will soon be posting on this blog the beginnings of my first commissioned Welsh love-spoon, so it may seem strange that I am starting with some pyrography work. It is some work that I need to finish soon so that's where I will have to start.
I live in semi-retirement at Penrith, in New South Wales, Australia.
I've been a draftsman, biological illustrator, primary teacher for 2 years, educational materials illustrator for 30 years and a children's book illustrator.
Thankfully, circumstances and health, enable woodcrafts to be a passionate interest of mine, including love-spoon carving and pyrography.
Though passionate about woodcrafts, inspired by the craftsmanship of others and enjoying the friendship of woodworkers in groups I belong to, these things, in which I greatly delight, are merely appended to life, not life itself.
The logo of the church I belong to ( Glenmore Park Anglican Church ) states 'There's More to Life' – and there is! I have been propelled and compelled to the certain conviction that real life, is relationship with Jesus the Messiah, who is the one and only saviour of the world. God the Son, able to reconcile us to the Father, for our eternal enjoyment of Him, after God himself, has caused us to trust in and belong to his Son Jesus, the Christ.
– Ask for it, it's free! Though at His own immeasurable cost, as an unfathomable, and extravagant gift.