So happy to be home with spring in the air.

#spring #chicken #poppy #dog #sunnydays
That was a really fun trip. Heading home from 6 weeks away and what an adventure. Thank you to all the wonderful people who I met along the way. I really hope you know how much it has meant to me. I can't believe after such an intense time of productivity I am leaving with all of this inspiration to keep it going. Can't wait to get back to my shed

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It is the last day of productivity for the @qbankgalleryresidency . A bit more sanding to be done and some walls to paint and then our time @qbankgallery will be over. I will miss this place.

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Waking up with Gary on the shelf carving away at a little soup spoon. 
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A little wax to be applied and this one is done.

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On the bench today. Coming to the pointy end of the residency with a little over a week to go. These guys are coming along and making way for some larger pieces that I  need to get the knives into. 
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Standing figures are taking shape. At this point I will make decisions about any extra shapes to add or areas that i should leave, but happy with how they are coming along. 
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Glued and ready to carve. These block forms are from figure studies around the town. Made from recycled off cuts of Huon pine collected from workshop bins. I am actually really liking them at this point. I guess that is a good sign of things to come. 
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A first for me yesterday. Carving some King Billy pine. Like Huon pine it is an old growth tree known to live for thousands of years. Thankfully it is now protected from logging, but was in the past used for boat building through to house construction. This was once again a discarded piece destined to set in flames as kindling. For my practice I feel it to be extremely important to work timber that would otherwise be waste and what a joy it is to run a knife through. 
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Another amazing day on this crazy adventure. Collected the rest of the timber I needed thanks to the supportive folk at the West Coast Wilderness Railway workshop here in Queenstown. This is what I have been waiting for, discarded huon pine. Perfect for laminating with a history behind it. All that is needed is some warmth by the fire and some care.

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The bench is busy with laminating experiments. This one is made up from black wood and huon of cuts from the manufacture of chess boards. I am off to a the community workshop this morning for some sanding and then to meet a local spoon carver for some tea and talking timber.

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Another beautiful morning here in Queenstown. A view of the snow covered mountain from the street in front of @qbankgallery @qbankgalleryresidency. Very rare to see blue sky and sunshine. 
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A quick visit this morning to Nelson Falls, Gordaon Franklin National park. Thanks to Gary for the idea and the drive. Back into the studio for some portraits @qbankgallery 
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These are some #sketches from the game at the gravel oval Queenstown. Thanks again to the wonderful people of the club taking some time out of their celebration to share some stories about the history of the club and this very unique ground. 
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What a game to watch. Saw the Queenstown Crows play the last game of the season at their home ground 'the Gravel'. A tough game to play on any field but i think you have to be a little tougher to play on this one. 
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The fire wood arrived @qbankgallery today. Not sure if it is easier to get it in the shed or make a new one around it. 
Hope the hail holds off a bit. Wish me luck.

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Working on portraits of some of the people of the town. Trying to tell the stories I have heard along the way. I am still amazed by the honesty in people I have just met and the gracious nature in which they invite me into their lives. Not sure if it is the people I am falling for or the amazing town that they live. 
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Last night I traded some knowledge for some art. Gary is a local artisan and shop owner keen to see how i go about making my knives sharp. I offered to teach him if he wouldn't mind sitting for some portraits.  Some great stories shared, drawings done and we ended the night with a sharp knife. Thanks again. 
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The bench is slowly filling with experiments as I collect stories of the town and materials of the place. I am feeling very thankful that i can still be true to my values of utilising recycled or discarded timber. There is plenty to grab, some of this beautiful timber was on its way to be fire wood. I am all too happy to step in the way of that. 
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This is my carving bench for the next month, and I have already made some friends who have given me some beautiful Tasmanian timber off cuts. I wouldn't want to be chopping down trees, especially in a place where the forests are so old but these  are discarded from the milling industry. Saved by a keen eye and handed to me with a smile and a promise for more today. Can't believe this place. 
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What a place to call home. I have been a little quiet for a couple of weeks, very busy but no time to stop. Now it is paying off. I will be living and working at this wonderful gallery in this incredible town. Thank you again Q bank gallery. @qbankgallery 
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Missing places is from a few months ago. I realised in the frenzy of getting my website cleaned up i hadn't posted anything of this one, so here it is. Repurposed Austalian Oak with black resin detailing. 
If you haven't already you should check out my website www.alecdewilt.com and for all inquires about my work DM me or send me an email. 
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Some different angles and better lighting of the girl in green sculpture from today. These give you a better idea of the colour contrast i was playing with. 
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It was great to have some sunshine today to finish this little portrait. I tried a few new techniques with this one. Very happy with how they worked out, especially the roughed out hair with the colours of the old timber still showing. 
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