The Lost Carving

I have been reading The Lost Carving, a wonderful book by David Esterly, which details both the story of 17th century carver Grinling Gibbons and Esterly’s development as a craftsman in his own right.  The book is well written and allows me to focus my thoughts during my ferry ride to and from Kitsap County. This engaging memoir not only tells a great story, but also provides great insight into the artistic philosophies of two wonderful carvers.  I have yet to finish the book, but unless there is a huge change in style toward the end, it is a woodworker’s must.