Sculptural form. Picture by Bob Gilmour, Port Douglas, Australia.

This week, I started a small sculpture form in a piece of red oak from my in-studio wood pile. I keep meaning to reduce the size of the pile and the only way I can do that is to either convert it into forms ... or take it all to the shipping container, which is hard work.

I often pick up seed pods and dry curly leaves when out walking my dogs. The shapes and forms are inspiring, though sometimes difficult to conceptualise in a creative sense. Many pages of my working sketchbooks are also filled with doodlings of pod-like forms.

Most of the shapes I currently like would be better suited to making in clay ... or at least prototyping in clay ... and then rendering in wood. The vagrancies of wood as a sculptural medium tend to affect the final outcome very strongly ... size of available material, cracks and checks, internal flaws etc. Of course, some of these caveats also are wood's most endearing features.

Sculptural form. Picture by Bob Gilmour, Port Douglas, Australia.

This piece will most likely join my Works in Progress collection and perhaps get finished sometime.

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