On this, my final post of these amazing 50 days with Wendy Maruyama, I can only sum it up with these 2 quotes. They say better than I can the transformative experience of this summer. Thank you, Wendy, for being a mentor and friend, exceeding every expectation I had.
To see more of Wendy’s inspiring work, visit her webpage at http://wendymaruyama.com/home.html. To see more of her wildLIFE project which this elephant is the inaugural piece of, go to http://wildlifeproject.wordpress.com/
The elephant mask is now hanging in Wendy’s shop. The final coat of finish really helped give it more 3-dimensional shape, reflecting light differently depending on how the pieces are laying. This shows the grand size of the piece. It was truly a honor to be able to work on this first piece of Wendy’s new series.
Neither one of us knew this picture was being taken, but I love it because it clearly shows the positive environment I worked in all summer :-)
A sign I made for Wendy’s shop. She always says, “its always something. “ There is no way I could ever express my gratitude to her for this summer, but this was my attempt.
This is the amazing Japanese pairing chisel that Wendy got me as a going away gift. I will cherish it always - for the stunning tool that it is but more so because it will always remind me of this summer with my inspiring mentor.
The 4 combs all together. The black one the left is complete. The other 3 need some final shaping and painting that Wendy will do. They range from 3’ - 5’ tall
I am really loving working with the wax. It gives a whole new layer of texture.
A piece that had to be thrown out from the elephant mask because a hole ripped is now embedded into the frame
Getting the final coat of finish applied
Gluing the first part of the tenon to the comb handle
The comb was too tall to fit on a table so I had to glue up on the floor