Frank Lyne's

Abstract Wood Carvings

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Yellow poplar – 2004 -7 x 2 x 2.5 inches

Female Form

Walnut on St. Louis Limestone – 2009 - 8.5 x 8.5 x 6 inches

Grass form

Walnut on cedar base with ebony bug – March 2008 - 12.5 x 3 x 3.5 inches

Sporophytes II - 8.5 x 3 x 1.5 inches March 4 - 5, 2008

Grass form

Walnut – March 2008 - 7 x 4 x 2.5 inches

Sometimes a sculptural idea will be initiated by something someone says to me, by something I read or see on TV, or by something I observe on my ramblings through the woods and fields. Once initiated, ideas incubate during the periods of time I spend doing farm work. In some cases this gives me time to have a carving practically finished in my mind before flaking off the first chip.

Sometimes I find myself with a block of time I can devote to carving but have no fresh idea incubating. When this happens the only way to proceed is to just start chipping away and hope an idea develops from the very process of chipping and rasping away on the wood. Most often the shapes that evolve from this process are abstract forms or perhaps abstracted plant forms.

It might be said that the way I have just described of arriving at abstract forms demonstrates that they are devoid of concept and therefore lack merit. It might also be argued that abstracts flow from some hidden emotional level and therefore are of higher merit than my representational wood carvings. As for me, I can't say. I just make what I make and then move on.

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