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The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making

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andldquo;A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.andrdquo; andmdash;Elizabeth Gilbert

Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarvingandmdash;its physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbonsandrsquo;s forgotten technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.

After a disastrous fire at Henry VIIIandrsquo;s Hampton Court Palace, Esterly was asked to replace the Gibbons masterpiece destroyed by the flames.and#160; It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterlyandrsquo;s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make a thing well. Written with a philosopherandrsquo;s intellect and a poetandrsquo;s grace, The Lost Carving explores the connection between creativity and physical work and illuminates the passionate pursuit of a vocation that unites head and hand and heart.

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"In 1986, a fire at Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace damaged and destroyed countless woodcarvings by the 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons. The job of reconstructing the lost artwork fell to a small group of historians and artisans, including Esterly, one of the few woodcarvers in the world carving in the same fashion that Gibbons once did. Tracking the ups and downs of the project while contemplating the nature of art, rediscovering the intricacies of his chosen discipline, and exploring the process of creating, Esterly (Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving) has created a work that is part philosophic memoir and part treatise on true craftsmanship. A former poetry scholar, Esterly's prose is enlivened by quotations from Yeats and Shakespeare, and often his words take on the imagery and rhythm of verse ('Then I'll go back and open the drawer, put my hand in the stream, and lift out those days'). There are some interesting subplots as Esterly battles British bureaucracy that opposes his ideas for a Gibbons exhibition and tries to convince others that Gibbons's work should be shown in its natural, uncolored state, but it is Esterly's personal battle to live up to Gibbons's work and aura that is at the heart of this work. As intricate as his carvings, Esterly has shaped a story that captures the effort and uncertainty that lies behind the creation of art and beauty. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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and#147;A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.and#8221; and#151;Elizabeth Gilbert

Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarvingand#151;its physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbonsand#8217;s forgotten technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.

After a disastrous fire at Henry VIIIand#8217;s Hampton Court Palace, Esterly was asked to replace the Gibbons masterpiece destroyed by the flames. It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterlyand#8217;s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make a thing well. Written with a philosopherand#8217;s intellect and a poetand#8217;s grace, The Lost Carving explores the connection between creativity and physical work and illuminates the passionate pursuit of a vocation that unites head and hand and heart.

Synopsis:

andldquo;A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.andrdquo; andmdash;Elizabeth Gilbert

Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarvingandmdash;its physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbonsandrsquo;s forgotten technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.

After a disastrous fire at Henry VIIIandrsquo;s Hampton Court Palace, Esterly was asked to replace the Gibbons masterpiece destroyed by the flames.and#160; It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterlyandrsquo;s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make a thing well. Written with a philosopherandrsquo;s intellect and a poetandrsquo;s grace, The Lost Carving explores the connection between creativity and physical work and illuminates the passionate pursuit of a vocation that unites head and hand and heart.

About the Author

David Esterly is the author of Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving and curated the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition on Gibbons in 1998. He has been a professional limewood carver since the 1970s and has been profiled in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Financial Times. He has written for many magazines, including The Times Literary Supplement and House and Garden. He lives in�upstate New York.

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Lynn Spann Bowditch, January 24, 2013 (view all comments by Lynn Spann Bowditch)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670023806
Author:
Esterly, David
Publisher:
Viking Books
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 photos throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1986, a fire at Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace damaged and destroyed countless woodcarvings by the 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons. The job of reconstructing the lost artwork fell to a small group of historians and artisans, including Esterly, one of the few woodcarvers in the world carving in the same fashion that Gibbons once did. Tracking the ups and downs of the project while contemplating the nature of art, rediscovering the intricacies of his chosen discipline, and exploring the process of creating, Esterly (Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving) has created a work that is part philosophic memoir and part treatise on true craftsmanship. A former poetry scholar, Esterly's prose is enlivened by quotations from Yeats and Shakespeare, and often his words take on the imagery and rhythm of verse ('Then I'll go back and open the drawer, put my hand in the stream, and lift out those days'). There are some interesting subplots as Esterly battles British bureaucracy that opposes his ideas for a Gibbons exhibition and tries to convince others that Gibbons's work should be shown in its natural, uncolored state, but it is Esterly's personal battle to live up to Gibbons's work and aura that is at the heart of this work. As intricate as his carvings, Esterly has shaped a story that captures the effort and uncertainty that lies behind the creation of art and beauty. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
and#147;A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.and#8221; and#151;Elizabeth Gilbert

Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarvingand#151;its physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbonsand#8217;s forgotten technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.

After a disastrous fire at Henry VIIIand#8217;s Hampton Court Palace, Esterly was asked to replace the Gibbons masterpiece destroyed by the flames. It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterlyand#8217;s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make a thing well. Written with a philosopherand#8217;s intellect and a poetand#8217;s grace, The Lost Carving explores the connection between creativity and physical work and illuminates the passionate pursuit of a vocation that unites head and hand and heart.

"Synopsis" by ,
andldquo;A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.andrdquo; andmdash;Elizabeth Gilbert

Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarvingandmdash;its physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbonsandrsquo;s forgotten technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.

After a disastrous fire at Henry VIIIandrsquo;s Hampton Court Palace, Esterly was asked to replace the Gibbons masterpiece destroyed by the flames.and#160; It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterlyandrsquo;s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make a thing well. Written with a philosopherandrsquo;s intellect and a poetandrsquo;s grace, The Lost Carving explores the connection between creativity and physical work and illuminates the passionate pursuit of a vocation that unites head and hand and heart.

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