Whether you're looking for an expert wood carver to create a wooden piece based on your vision or you simply want to find a professional that can create an aesthetically pleasing piece of art work based on their vision, you may find that the task isn't easy. In fact, finding a talented professional can be pretty difficult.
This is because woodcarving requires specific skills and training. You can't just pick up a chisel and a piece of wood and create something magnificent. Instead, artists have to learn how to use their cutting tools and chisels to create a piece of their souls. In addition, not many individuals have learned this skill and even fewer have perfected their craft. In this article, we'll discuss 5 proven tips to find a woodcarving expert that will exceed your high expectations. Are you ready Let's get started?
Know what you're looking for. First and foremost, you must know what you're looking for in a wood carver. Are you smitten by Middle Eastern carving that has a Christian feel to it or are you more fascinated by modern portrait pieces? Do you prefer oak? Do you visualize a specific figurine? Either way, it is absolutely paramount that you know what you are looking for before you start looking for a master carver. View carvings of artists that you admire and take photographs of their carvings that you admire. Many art museums have some phenomenal carvers that you can see and photograph.
Conduct research. Since woodcarving experts are difficult to find, you may want to start your search by asking trusted family members, friends and relatives about their precious woodcarvings. That is, if you have a relative or friend that has a special carving, ask them where they purchased it. Often times they will have contact information of wood carvers who might be able to assist you. In addition, you can also try searching the yellow pages or Internet for suitable candidates. However, you must be prepared to conduct even more due diligence to find a suitable candidate. Either way, you can find someone suitable if you conduct the research.
Shortlist your candidates. Once you have a suitable list, you should short list your candidates and view their samples. This will ensure that the quality of their work exceeds your expectations. For instance, if they don't have experience working with a certain style that you want, you may want to find another carver who has that experience. In addition, if they can't show you any pieces and those pieces don't wow you, you'll probably be better off finding another carver who does. On a more positive note, however, if they can show you suitable samples then they can likely exceed your expectations as well.
Ask the right questions. Never be afraid to ask your carver questions. For instance, where did they receive training? How many projects do they take on a year? Can they provide you with any testimonials or references? What is the price of their carvings? Are they open to working with you to create a piece that incorporates your vision with theirs? Will they allow you to view the work in progress or do you have to wait until they are finished? In essence, don't be afraid to ask your carver questions before you hire them.
Make sure you're on the same page. Finally, make sure that you are both in agreement about your expectations. By having a good understanding of your needs and their abilities, you will receive a carving that you will be proud to display in your home.
In conclusion, woodcarving is a specialized skill and it may be difficult finding a suitable wood carver. However, if you know what you're looking for, find suitable candidates, shortlist them, and ask the right questions, you shouldn't have any surprises with the deliverable.