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Old 02-14-2018, 10:40 PM   #1
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David Esterly is the best wood carver in the world, maybe in history.
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I say you'd because I have a pact with my dust, it's doesn't bother me and vice versa.



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David Esterly’s carving has been called “some of the most astonishing work being done in wood today” (Fine Woodworking). It is in the tradition of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), whose spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits and foliage revolutionized ornamental sculpture during the age of Christopher Wren.


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‘Don’t copy Gibbons or Arcimboldo or the Dutch still life painters; steal from them. Revive the old vessels — letter rack, portrait bust, trophy, overmantel, drop — but pour new wine into them. If you use a decorative vocabulary, use it with sculptural intent. Bring back the delight in trompe l’oeil, but (limewood being a monochrome medium) make it a more sophisticated illusionism, based on form not color.’


Limewood is called Linden here in the colonies.

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Old 02-15-2018, 07:22 AM   #2
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Linden honey is amazing.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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Maybe because the flowers contain flavonoids and volatile oils.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:32 PM   #4
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Well that's easy. Ya just take away everything that ain't dayum.
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