I've been very busy during the latest Covid lockdown working on some new techniques and a series of new work.
The first in the series is made from a large single piece of Iroko about 2 feet wide. It would have been a massive tree! I've been staring at it in the garage for about 25 years wondering what to do with it. The wood came from the last barrel maker in the West Midlands (thomas Trevis Smith) who offered me any pieces of wood I wanted when he retired, and this piece has been with me ever since!
As it is such a well seasoned piece of wood, it is incredibly heavy and hard to work with.
I thought I'd share with you some of my thoughts that led me to create one of my favourite recent pieces, now entitled 'Cascade', influenced by the never ending ebb and flow of water.
We all stop to study water. Its ever changing form creates an energy that affects us all.
Reflections of the world outside and within are a never ending fascination for me. I have allowed the wood to talk in all it's form and beauty, and reflect the movement and changes created by the water.
It was a real pleasure to be commissioned to produce a new carving to go in the home of my client on their new kitchen roof beam. The wood sculpture was commissioned to capture the essence of the four family dogs, and was to be immortalised in pride of place on their new kitchen roof truss.
Before and after shots of my lockdown project carving in cherry wood.
Robert Cox - Lockdown Project 2020
Cherry wood is wonderful for carving, having close grain, good figure and not too hard.
An opportunity presented itself when the house next door to ours (Findhorn) had a large cherry tree in danger of pushing the adjacent properties fence down. A decision was made to fell the tree so I quickly marked out the area of trunk that would be suitable to produce a sizeable sculpture.
In due course, the tree was felled and the marked out section of trunk was delivered down the drive, in fact rolled down, and was probably the best way to handle 50cm by 30cm, weighing well over 100cwk fully loaded with sap water and very green.