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John Adamson
Registered: 15/04/2010   Last Update: 13/09/2016
I am a sculptor / woodcarver taking inspiration from the form of the log rather than forcing my ideas on squared timber. I allow the wood to tell me what to carve as I search for the story hidden in the wood. I prefer the human figure but my work includes a wide range of subjects. I specialise in Corporate Art and Private commissions. You will find examples of my work divided into 3 Galleries above. Most of the work is not for sale as it was commissioned. I am happy to accept commissions for all types of work.
I prefer to start from the natural form of the log, tree or root as these have natural curves and strengths that help to give life and movement to my figures. With square cut timber, these elements are not so evident, and the figure can easily look stiff like a wooden toy soldier.

Carving is, in many respects, a " one chance" activity. If too much wood is taken off, the options for recovery are limited. The carver needs to visualise the finished result whilst it is still in the block. He needs to have a good knowledge of the form, which I obtain by drawing the subject constantly. The human figure is the one subject that surrounds me at all times, and I always carry a sketchbook, and draw in all situations and at all opportunities; whilst waiting for and on all forms of transport, in a cafe and theatre, and at meetings, anywhere I can find a free temporary model. These drawings provide a mental visual library of body shapes that I can fit into the wood.