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The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making by David Esterly
The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making

Lynn Spann Bowditch, January 24, 2013

Wow! this book sings, on so many levels (with a couple of minor sour notes, but more of that later). Esterly is a modern Renaissance man - erudite, analytical, and so interesting. His self-critical discussion of his "bulging leaf rope", which he initially perceived as a terrible failure, traces a journey of enlightenment - as, actually, does the entire book, from his initial "discovery" of carving, his forays into woods other than limewood, his stay in a "Hollywood romance" cottage in the South Downs, his descriptions of his workshop and its setting, and, above all, his work on the lost carving and efforts to cause an exhibition of Gibbons' work. The only sour (to me) notes were the overemphasis on the politics of getting the exhibition to take place, and his discussion of the work of Jeff Koons (which, while informative and valid, seemed to go on forever). I had to keep my smartphone next to me while reading so that I could look up the many authors from whom he quotes - a delightful experience. And there are actually black-and-white photographs scattered throughout the text, of Gibbons' life and works, the damage to the Hampton Court Palace carvings, his carving tools, the critiqued leaf rope, and several more, which appropriately illustrate the various twists and turns of the story - a kind thought. Overall, a truly enjoyable, enlightening book. I wish there were more like this! My compliments to the author.
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