The Art of Wood Statue Carving

The art of wood statue carving is an ancient one, and a great way to commemorate a loved one or loved place. It is a form of woodworking, usually done with a chisel and cutting tool. In a traditional technique, two hands are used to hold a chisel and a mallet. The end result is a wooden figurine or statue with sculptural ornamentation.

The Art of Wood Statue Carving

Gregor Erhart

Gregor Erhart was a late Gothic sculptor who trained in his father’s workshop. His father, Michael Erhart, was a sculptor active in Ulm between 1469 and 1522. He was second only to Hans Multscher in his profession and helped train a student named Tilman Riemenschneider who would later practice in Wurzburg. It is difficult to distinguish Gregor Erhart’s early work from that of his father, but it is clear that the two had some close collaboration on the Blaubeuren Altarpiece, which is a great work of art in the Ulm style.

Erhart sculpted a statue of the nude ascetic St. Mary Magdalene around 1515-1520. It was carved from lime tree wood, but the figure was later reinterpreted by the Renaissance as an example of a nudity that made the statue seem almost profane. Erhart’s style was also influenced by the rinascimental style, which is a characteristic of the Renaissance.

Giles Newman

Giles Newman originally trained as a graphic designer and photographer before turning to wood carving. He has since made spoons, jewelry, and statues using fallen wood from forests in North Wales. Today, he sells his work internationally and teaches his skills at workshops in the UK. This article will highlight some of his work and discuss his artistic process.

Newman’s wood carving began as a childhood dream. Although he was living in the city as a graphic designer, he would often escape to a small forest owned by his father. There, he would clear paths and streams of debris, and take in the tranquility of the forest. He also began to collect small pieces of wood and use it to whittle cutting points. Newman saw his friends cutting wood into spoons and began to pursue the same hobby.

Nino Orlandi

If you are looking for something unique, Nino Orlandi is the artist to check out. The self-taught Italian sculptor creates realistic wood sculptures. He has spent the past 13 years pursuing his passion and perfecting his art. Among his works are The Book of Life, The Magic Mountain, and The Book of Dreams. You can see more of his work on his Facebook page.

The wood sculptures created by Nino Orlandi have an almost magical effect. His works are both technically excellent and artistically expressive, and you’ll be enchanted by the intricate details that emerge from the raw wood. His wood sculptures are currently featured in Woodcarving Illustrated’s Winter 2016 issue.


The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago acquired a Ruatepupuke wood statue carving in 1905. The carving is a rare early example of East Coast carving. It is notable for its shallow relief and fully carved front facade. The Field Museum purchased Ruatepupuke II in 1905. It has since been used as a teaching tool and for other museum displays.

The carving style is also known as whakairo and reflects Maori culture. It depicts the story of Ruatepupuke’s son, Te Manuhauturuki, who was abducted by the sea god Tangaroa. He was taken away to the house deep in the sea and Ruatepupuke embarked on a quest to find him.

Giles Newman’s Saint Mary Magdalene

I was in London three weeks ago, just as the New Year had just begun, but the sky was cloudy and rainy. A British telecom truck partially blocked my view of Newman’s statue, which stands near Brompton Oratory. My visit to London also included a visit to the newly restored interior of Butterfield’s All Saints, Margaret Street.

Danish oil finish

If you are interested in giving your wood statue carving a beautiful finish, you should try applying a Danish oil finish. This finish is an all-natural, non-toxic coating that penetrates deep into the wood and hardens to provide a protective layer that resists chipping, moisture, and other damage. Danish oil is available in many colors and can be applied with a brush or rag. After applying it, leave it on for 30 minutes, wipe off any excess, and let it dry for up to 8 hours. Once dry, it will leave a matt finish that is a great addition to any statue.

After applying Danish oil to wood statue carving, you can apply a polycoat to further protect the finish. It is best to apply a single coat of poly, since multiple coats may make the wood look too oily. If you don’t want a glossy finish, one coat is usually sufficient. If you want to keep the original color of your statue carving, wait at least six hours before applying the final coat of Danish oil.

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