Winner! Hibiscus flowers in bloom

By Derek McDonald in Rochester, NH.

Winning Category

Woods: Basswood ( tilia americana)

After some practice carving traditional forms that would be found on furniture or architectural elements, I stumbled across the work of Grinling Gibbons, a 17th century English carver, famous for his intricate lifelike cascades of flowers, fruits, and animals. I was immediately taken aback by the beauty and skill of his work and decided to try a project in his style. I chose my wife's favorite flower, the hibiscus, as the subject, and gave it to her as a gift for Christmas. 

Products Used

  • Shellac

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