The yacht sculpture series
start off as sawn planks of hardwood selected to enhance specific aspects of the yacht. This stylized depiction of sailing yachts
is intended to show the dymamics of combined wave motion with the balance of sails and keel. It is not sculpted out of
a single piece of wood but upto 3 varieties to enhance the respective sea motion, hull design and sail panelling. The process involves selecting the
most appropriate sawn seasoned hardwoods followed by planing to make the grain visible and then drawing the out lines of the hull, sails and "sea" mount
so as to make best use of that grain shape. Saws, planes, chisels and sanding tools are used to turn the pencil outlines into solid shapes that then need to be
assembled using mortise and tenon joints.
The balance of the yacht is key to achieve the desired
heel without having the assembled piece falling over but not to make it too stable since yachts are themselves finely balanced between the competing forces of the wind on the sails,
wave motion against the hull and the righting moment of the heavy keel. Once everything is found to look and feel right (and stay upright) then the
unique yacht number is carved on the base and the long work of fine sanding followed by waxing and polishing completes the yacht.
I would be very happy to tailor sculptures to defined hull shapes and sail aspect ratios. Please contact me to discuss.
The Windward Series
Range of sizes from (HxLxD) 30x25x15cm (12x10x6 ins) to 95x75x45cm (37x29x18ins)