Figure 1: The original weight of this West Texas juniper log was 475 pounds. When finished the piece was still very close to it’s original dimensions but had lost 450 pounds.
Figure 2: The positions of the heads have been established. The log has been cleaned down to the clear wood.
Figure 3: This is the top view of the head. Note the symmetry of the grain. The face centers on the apex of the curve.
Figure 4: Here is a close up of the face. There is still a lot of mass to remove.
Figure 5: Figures are now clearly emerging from the wood. The majority of lines beneath the child are subsequently removed to simplify the design. The piece was later hung on a separate trunk.
Figure 6: A close up of the finished sculpture.
Click Here to see “Freedom’s Way” in the Treasures of the West Gallery along with the poem that Chris wrote for this sculpture.