Carve Beyond Reality – Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Carve Beyond Reality Ru-an Hsu, one of the organisers of World Wood Day, (see World Wood Day – 21 March 2013 ) sent me a link to a beautiful video of a wood carving contest held during August 2012  in Kenya. It shows the wood-carvers at work, and they get to talk about what inspires them in their designs. It is really worth watching!

If you cannot see the video, you can link to it here.

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4 Comments on “Carve Beyond Reality – Wood Carving Contest in Kenya”

  1. February 9, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    The video was fantastic – they’re carving without a rough outline on the wood just sitting on the floor using paint brushes made out of a stick of wood.. The winning sculpture was really wonderful.

    • February 9, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      I agree, the winning sculpture was wonderful! Some of them do draw on the wood before they start carving, but it’s still amazing to watch them work, isn’t it? It is interesting to see what rudimentary tools they use to produce such beautiful work. They seem so sure in all their actions.

  2. February 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    That was so inspiring – I loved the intricate detail on that winning sculpture. Every movement – chopping, scraping, filing, painting – looks so effortless, but I’m sure it must have taken them years to develop such confidence and ease. Beautiful!

    • February 10, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      I’ve watched the video a couple of times already. It gives such a good insight into how the carvers think and work.

      Yes, the winning sculpture was great wasn’t it?! I had no idea how complex it would be when they showed him starting the piece. It’s one thing to sculpt something like that from clay – a whole other story to carve it out of a solid piece of wood.

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