The Homestead Apple Festival is pleased to announce that master wood carver David Sharp will be on hand Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, to show his award-winning sculptures and relief carvings, as well as to demonstrate carving techniques to appreciative onlookers.
Sharp began carving in 2006 when he was talked into taking a class and he discovered that he had a God-given talent. He quickly progressed in his craft and began teaching wood carving in 2008. He will be carving an American Indian bust during the festival. David has also developed skill at relief carving and will be showing a number of his relief carvings as well. He has won blue ribbons for his carvings at the Dollywood, Smoky Mountain, North Alabama and the Charlotte, NC, wood carving shows.
The time invested in carving each bust or relief piece is about 40 hours. He uses a variety of woods including butternut, bass wood and chestnut oak. Sharp is well known for his bust carvings of American Indians, a subject he prefers because he believes that their faces have a lot of character that translates well during the carving. The finished pieces often evolve from the original idea for the carving to what the wood tells him as he works.
His American Indian/skull carving began as a full face American Indian carving, but when he hit rotten wood, the plan changed. Seeing a skull on a shelf in his workshop, he noted that the holes that appeared in his carving matched up with those in the skull. He then began to carve the skull on that side and started a new face below the skull. The new smaller American Indian "looks to the future and sees himself transitioning from life to death,” he noted. This sculpture won blue ribbons at the Charlotte, NC, and the North Alabama Wood Carving Shows.
Sharp will compete in the Dayton, OH, Wood Carving Show in November as well. This special sculpture will be on display at the Apple Festival along with examples of his relief carving.