Other Carvings

Rising Dragon

Dragons are very interesting objects to carve because there are many fine and intricate details that present a great opportunity to try my skills. One of the most interesting challenges is to see how I can turn this almost flat piece into 3-dimentional scene. I like to see how far I can undercut it’s wings and as you can see, they are barely touching the background. The dragon is almost free-standing and it is hard to believe that entire carving is made out of the one single piece.

The carving is made out of section of the mammoth tusk and has pretty rosewood base. The ivory part is 3.5 inches (or about 90 mm) tall and 3 inches (75 mm) wide. The entire artwork with the base is 4.5 inches (115 mm) tall and 4inches (100 mm) wide.

This beautiful masterpiece is for sale. Please contact me for the price and shipping information.


Behind the curtains (Medieval carving-2)

I was fortunate to see many medieval ivory carvings in different famous museums. Such incredible art kept my interest for a long time. Most what amaze me are artworks that made of several flat panels carved in deep relieve, it is hard to imagine that so much action can be placed in such small panels. Seeing those diptychs (two panels), triptychs (three panels) and other works stimulated me to create my own “medieval” carving with elements of Romanesque art as it was done back then. During medieval ages people preferred carvings with religious theme, those diptychs and triptychs often served as mobile altars for nobility. I chose to go with fairy tale for my carving. My diptych consists of two panels of mammoth ivory, each is 2-1/4″ (56mm) wide, 4″ (100mm) high and only 8mm thick (that presented a real challenge to create a depth effect). I took the full advantage of such wonderful material and carved the composition in great detail going ad deep as possible. Wings of the dragon and curtains almost free-standing, you can pull thread behind them. Same is with many features of the girl and dragon. This mammoth ivory carving looks even deeper than it is. Panels are hinged together, as was done in medieval times, they can be closed as a book. This elaborate and unique ivory carving is for sale. Please contact me for price and shipping information.


Medieval carving (no name yet)

I was fortunate to see many medieval ivory carvings in different famous museums. Such incredible art kept my interest for a long time. Most what amaze me are artworks that made of several flat panels carved in deep relieve, it is hard to imagine that so much action can be placed in such small panels. Seeing those diptychs (two panels), triptychs (three panels) and other works stimulated me to create my own “medieval” carving with elements of Gothic art as it was done back then. During medieval ages people preferred carvings with religious theme, those diptychs and triptychs often served as mobile altars for nobility. I chose to go with fairy tale for my carving. My diptych consists of two panels of mammoth ivory, each is 1-1/2″ (38mm) wide, 4-1/2″ (112mm) high and only 5mm thick (that presented a real challenge to create a depth effect). I don’t have any name for it yet, feel free to contribute to the idea and help me to name it. Panels are hinged together, as was done in medieval times, they can be closed as a book or displayed using a wooden base I made for them.

This “medieval” ivory carving is Sold.


Sea Spirit

Here I present one of my experiments in bone carving. The material used for this carving is a lower jaw bone of walrus. I’ve found it on the shore of St. Lawrence island and the local people kindly let me take the bone with me. As you can see, it was tumbled in the sea for a very long time before it was washed ashore. I left the rear of the jawbone intact in the same condition as it was found.


Full Moon

Name:

Full Moon

Material:

Basswood

Description:

This facial study was made using oval basswood plaque that is 12″ long and 9″ high


Lilith

Name:

Lilith

Material:

Section of Mammoth tusk

Description:

The ivory carving is currently available for sale.

Sold


Menhir

Name:

Menhir

Material:

Mammoth ivory carving

Description:



A menhir is a large upright standing stone. The function of Menhirs has provoked more debate than practically any other issue in European pre-history. Over the centuries they have variously been thought to have been used by Druids for sacrifices, used as territorial markers or elements of a complex ideological system, or functioned as early calendars. Until recently, menhirs were associated with the Beaker people, who inhabited Europe during the later third millennium BC; the European late Neolithic and early Bronze Age. However, recent research into the age of megaliths in Brittany strongly suggests a far older origin, perhaps back to six to seven thousand years ago. Many menhirs are carved with megalithic art. This often turned them into anthropomorphic stelae, although images of objects such as stone axes, ploughs, shepherd crooks and yokes were common. With the exception of the stone axe, none of these motifs are definite, and the name used to describe them is largely for convenience.


Selena playing with sunlight

Name:

Selena playing with sunlight

Material:

Plate of mammoth ivory

Description:

Even the Moon Goddess needs some sunlight to shine.


Calling the Spirits

A thin piece of mammoth ivory was used to create this carving.
The ivory carving is SOLD.


Isis

Name:

Isis, ancient goddess

Material:

Mammoth ivory bark

Description:

In Egyptian mythology Isis was the wife and sister of Osiris and mother of Horus. This nice relief ivory carving depicts Isis with a cat on a part of an ancient mammoth tusk.


Sun face clock

Name:

Clock with Sun

Material:

Wood and Copper

Description:

For Stan and his family, the old copper clock dial has a great sentimental value, as it was brought from the USSR amongst other family possessions.


Schooner

Name:

Schooner (looks like ancient scroll)

Material:

Single Chunk of Aromatic Cedar

Description:

This is probably Stan’s favorite carving, made in the form of an ancient scroll. It is one of Stan’s first works and still is a main exhibit of his own collection.


Clock with Dragon

Name:

Clock with Dragon

Material:

Basswood

Description:

Hand-carved wall clock with a dragon, castle and numerous decorations.


Goddess of Earth

Name:

Goddess of Earth

Material:

Basswood

Description:

Modern view of Goddess of Earth that gives birth and nourishment to people and plants, rules over changing of seasons, light and darkness, birth and aging.


Snake Goddess

Name:

Snake Goddess

Material:

Basswood

Description:

Here is an absolutely amazing carving of a woman (a Goddess), made on a wooden plate and covered with a thin layer of lacquer.