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Masterful Intricate Wood Carvings

David Esterly Creates Life-Like Sculptures Out of Limewood

— January 21, 2013 — Art & Design
David Esterly is perhaps the best wood carver in the world. He is certainly one of the only wood carvers creating original high-relief works today, as per Ellen Gamerman of Wall Street Journal's article. In fact, it is hard to believe that some of David Esterly's sculptures are actually sculptures. So incredibly detailed, they look like the violins, rosebuds and even iPod earbuds that they are made to look like.

Living in upstate New York, David Esterly recently opened his first Manhattan gallery earlier this month. Held at the W. M. Brady & Co., all of the work that is on display have been carved out of limewood. Starting with a pencil sketch, David Esterly then fleshes out his drawing on Adobe Illustrator before making a mark on the wood itself.
Trend Themes
1. Original High-relief Works - The trend of creating original high-relief sculptures opens up opportunities for artists to push the boundaries of traditional wood carving.
2. Incredibly Detailed Sculptures - The trend of creating incredibly detailed sculptures presents disruptive innovation opportunities for artists to showcase their mastery of craftsmanship and realism in wood carving.
3. Wood Carving with Modern Technology - The trend of combining traditional wood carving techniques with modern technology, such as digital sketches on Adobe Illustrator, allows for greater precision and intricacy in carving designs.
Industry Implications
1. Art Galleries - The art gallery industry can explore showcasing and promoting original high-relief sculptures as a unique selling point to attract art enthusiasts.
2. Fine Arts Education - The fine arts education industry can incorporate the teaching of incredibly detailed wood carving techniques to provide aspiring artists with new avenues to express their creativity.
3. Woodworking Tools and Supplies - The woodworking tools and supplies industry can develop and market specialized tools and materials that assist artists in achieving greater precision and intricacy in their wood carving projects.
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