On Sunday, June 1. 2014, two sessions of Arcosanti residents started a peaceful Sunday by quieting their minds with the art of woodcarving in the Colly Garden.

[photo by Sue Kirsch, all text in this report by Erin O’Loughlin]

Famous Japanese woodcarver, Master Yo, explained that for this art, you must not aim to carve anything specific, but let the wood tell you how it wants to be carved. There was only one specific request: “Please, no spoons”.

[photo by Aimee Madsen]

Students chose from a selection of wood pieces from various locations within either the US or Japan.

[photo by Aimee Madsen]

Based on the type of wood selected, Master Yo distributed the correct woodcarving knife for carving.

[photo by Aimee Madsen]

Within the next hour of meditative long shaves, Yo collaborated with everyone on their pieces.  Once each piece was carved, small pieces of sandpapers in varying grits were used to polish each piece smooth.

[photo by Aimee Madsen]

The final step was to rub each piece with beeswax to enhance the natural beauty and protect the pieces. The session concluded with each participant explaining their experience and reasoning behind their piece’s title.

Erin O’Loughlin
LEED Green Associate

Erin works in the Soleri Ceramics studio at Arcosanti.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

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