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Lost Carving

A Journey to the Heart of Making

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'One of those gentle quest memoirs in which the reader becomes an intimate... Esterly writes evocatively... Full of fine-grained and engaging detail' Mail on Sunday

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Awestruck by the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to the art - its physical control, intricate beauty and intellectual demands. Until his death in 2019 he was the foremost practitioner of Gibbons's forgotten technique, which revolutionised ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s. Les mer

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Awestruck by the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to the art - its physical control, intricate beauty and intellectual demands. Until his death in 2019 he was the foremost practitioner of Gibbons's forgotten technique, which revolutionised ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s.



After a fire at Hampton Court Palace in 1986 destroyed much of Gibbons's masterpiece, the job fell to David Esterly to restore his idol's work to its former glory. It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterly's life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make something well.



Exploring the determination, concentration and skill that go into achieving any form of excellence, Esterly breathed life into the world of wood carving. This special collector's edition of The Lost Carving reveals an astonishing life and deftly illustrates the union of man and material necessary to create a lasting work of art.

Detaljer

Forlag
Duckworth
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780715649190
Utgivelsesår
2014
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

David Esterly is the author of Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving and curated the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition on Gibbons in 1998. He has been a professional wood carver since the 1970s, and has been profiled in the Financial Times, the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in upstate New York.

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'One of those gentle quest memoirs in which the reader becomes an intimate... Esterly writes evocatively... Full of fine-grained and engaging detail' Mail on Sunday

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'A wonderful book... riveting' Edmund de Waal

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'An illuminating and exhilarating book, as intricate and wonderfully engaging as the carvings that lie at its heart' TLS, Best Books of the Year

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'A beautifully written account of craft and inspiration' The New Republic, Best Books of the Year

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'A beautiful, intricate mediation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth, on culture and history. Truly, this is a story to be pored over with love and admiration' Elizabeth Gilbert

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'Every now and then there comes along a memoir that stands out for its beauty, its ability to charm, and its insights into a life given over to art. This lovely book about woodcarving is just such a work. Entrancing' Alexander McCall Smith

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‘A big moment for the obscure world of wood carving' Wall Street Journal

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