The transitions in this sculpture have become delicate and tedious. Working with wood grain takes pretty intense scrutiny in order to maintain strength integrity that will self-support the structure. In other words, “you can’t always get what you want” I mentioned earlier the “dissolve effect” I was reaching for in this piece.
I am working to reduce the volume of the work as it rises vertically in a gradual progression. It becomes exceedingly difficult at the top where the piece can become more fragile than glass. The imperative then is to have each splintering element receive support from its neighbors. In short, I don’t have “free will” to go anywhere I want in shaping this piece. I have to constantly make exceptions to my direction I would like to take, while acknowledging what the material can support. A continual balancing act. Yes, tedious is the right word. Hopefully, the reward will be in how well I can achieve this effect in the end.