Working in Leonardo DiVinci's and Michaelangelo's Studio
If you had a hobby, can you picture yourself working in the studio of a master of the craft? Well I am fortunate enough to be one of those people who has been privileged to work in the studio of a Master Wood Carver. Let's get one thing clear. I said work in the studio not work with the master. There is a difference. As far as his profession goes, I'm not even a novice.
Meet Jorg Hummel, Master Carver
Jorg Hummel is a master carver from Bavaria and has been carving for more than 40 years. He has an earned title of master carver which is equivalent to a master's degree in the craft. Among his many types of carvings, he specializes in alter piece restorations for European Churches. His woodcarvings are sent to Europe to be finished to look like marble. To watch him work in his studio is like watching Michaelangelo or Leonardo DiVinci working on their masterpieces.
Jesus Christ at age 13
I first met Jorg Hummel about five years ago. I joined a woodcarving club because I carved a simple dog and boot on my own, but I wanted to learn more. The first night I attended the club, at about half-way through the meeting, a man walks in with carving that appeared to be something out of the renaissance era.
The picture above was taken that night. It is a carving of Jesus at the age of 13. He used an 11 year old boy as the model. Of course it is an artist's conception because, there were no pictures of Jesus at that age.
How did we end up in a Master Carver's Studio?
At this point, you may be wondering, how did our club end up meeting in a master carver's studio? To make a long story short, our club wandered around for many years, like gypsies, from one facility to another. During this time, Jorg would always come to visit us and show us his latest work. One day, out of the kindness of his heart, he asked us to do our carvings at his studio. Needless to say, we were delighted. The rest is history.
Samples of Jorg's Work
The remainder of this hub shows samples of Jorg's work with brief descriptions of each piece, transcribed from his narrations.
Caution: If any of you are woodcarvers, this may make you want to throw your tools away!
Watch this video to see more of Jorg's work.
Here is the link to our Woodcarving Club
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