World renowned carver David Esterly talks about learning this age-old art and how he uses a second type of creativity (which he calls Type 2 Creativity) to get him through unique challenges and create solutions to complex problems. What happens when the world pushes back on your creativity? How can you find the drive needed to manifest your ideas? David shares his methodology with us along with some of the most amazing woodcarvings in the world.
David Esterly’s carving has been called “some of the most astonishing work being done in wood today” (Fine Woodworking). It is in the tradition of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), whose spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits and foliage revolutionized ornamental sculpture during the age of Christopher Wren.
Esterly’s own carving began as decorative foliage work but developed in the direction of still life sculpture, trophy-like tableaus, and botanical heads in the manner of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which he began carving in 2002 while a guest artist at the American Academy in Rome.