Chiseling A Wooden Work of Art: Wood Carving at Mystic Seaport

Chiseling A Wooden Work of Art: Wood Carving at Mystic Seaport


This here is the carve shop. Mystic, being
a ship and boat-building center, we primarily carve for the shipbuilding industry. So, we
would’ve done decorations for these ships that dress them up. Things like bracket work,
large name boards, figureheads. All the tools that we use in here are traditional tools;
they’re all chisels or gauges. Very, very sharp. Razor sharp. Carving is a subtractive
process. You start out with that big hunk of wood and just take it down to what you
want. I’ll be working away, I’ll lookup, there’s fourteen people watching me.
I’m like, ‘Where did you come from?’ You can really be absorbed in this work. I
try to convey to lots of the visitors that you can do this too

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