This is the latest piece to come out of the studio. It's carved out of a very green and wet piece of hazel wood from the garden. I've been wanting to make something that was much less finished than most of the carvings I have done. I made this - for me - relatively quickly and finished him off with a V-shaped parting tool. I did this partly because I really like the dog-toothed effect and the way it creates sharp silhouettes and catches the light - and partly for the practical reason of trying to maximise the surface area that could begin to dry. So far this piece - so far without a title - hasn't cracked, largley because he has been confined to a damp garage and kept away from the central heating.
In carving this piece I wanted to give the figure some movement within the very tight confines of the width of the original piece of wood. This strange squatting pose was what happened. It has a pretty brutal and pared back feeling to me which seemed to go well with the snow.