Friday, October 1, 2010

Working on site in the breathtakingly beautiful tropical setting of the mountains in Puerto Rico. The view is magnificent and artistic inspiration is everywhere.

The commission entails the carving a total of 8 wood columns from my designs. The customer has chosen 4 different designs to be done in pairs. The first pair of columns will be carved with the bamboo design for the entrance way. These 2 columns measure about 8 feet tall. The other columns will be carved with designs of ivy, grape vines, and an ocean scene. These columns range from 6 to 10 feet tall.

I begin by drawing the bamboo design on both columns, freehand, with a charcoal pencil.
After approval of the layout from the customer, the actual carving begins. With the use of chisel and mallet, the design is outlined. This first step is done to define and protect the wanted parts of the design during the removal of unwanted material around the bamboo. You can see in the pictures the beginning phase and how the process begins. At the end of this process, there will be 2 levels, the design and the background. This step will take a couple of days as I am working vertcally, in the round, on very hard wood.

I look forward to be posting my progress and sharing this amazing journey with you all.  If you would like to view more of my work please visit

Many blessings,
Artesana Susana Caban

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