Wood Carving with Mirror
Though I enjoyed experimenting with a variety of mediums during my childhood in Chazy, NY and studying studio art at St. Lawrence University, wood carving is my expression of choice. I first used chisels to carve a relief form while participating in a woodworking course in 2001. I was given instruction on how to carve and was then left to my own devices. The possibilities for manipulating dimension, shape, texture, size, and color is appealing as is the forgiving nature of the medium.
When carving, I feel a sense of calm and focus that lures me to work for hours at a time. I become intent on making precise incisions and watching as the curls of wood smoothly lift from the board. My motivation stems mostly from exploring the natural world. I also enjoy creating abstract forms that develop on their own as I carve.
One of my carvings was featured on the cover of the 2012 Arts Directory for the Northern Adirondacks.
Rachel Lamb Wood Carving