Midges in the wood were a constant irritation today in the alternate light and shade. I scratch my legs as I type the following morning. The better weather saw far more passers-by than last Saturday, with perhaps 35 engaging with the stone, a few less actually carving. Amongst those, some from Chichester, Angmering, Barnham, London and more locally.
The forms of adult and child planters with guiding hands are developing quite strongly now at one end. So much so that there are now areas I need to remove to let the remaining stone ‘push’ forward ; in this photo, between the back of the shoulder of the large figure, and the canopy of the symbolic tree; a sign of what was lost, perhaps.
The light levels are so low that the energised mallet action – the power force behind the block being reduced – is obvious in all todays shots. Many hands make light work? It certainly shows that anything is possible with absolute persistence. Don’t fret about the end result – just keep believing it is possible.
I am carving a limewood relief during a residency at a Herefordshire exhibition before I see you next on Sunday 18th October at Longbeet, 1/2 mile from the Northwood car park.