Head Master

Monday 9 July 2018

Everyone comes to carving wood through various routes but not everyone can say that they turned up to a woodcarving class by accident expecting it to be on woodturning! Well that's precisely what happened to John Pace, and luckily for us, he liked it so much that he decided to stay with carving. 13 years on and John has built up an impressive collection of work, as well as being involved on notable projects for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire with the Essex Woodcarvers producing carvings such as a full-sized polar bear, golden eagle, and The Story Teller (see Woodcarving issues 41, 63, 64 and 105).

Heads up

On a personal level, John enjoys carving a variety of subjects but particularly heads, as the images here reflect. He takes inspiration from faces on flyers and in books, and then makes them his own.

He is currently working on a wren for the National Memorial Arboretum with the Essex Woodcarvers, news of which will be updated in future issues of Woodcarving. In the meantime, we present three heads from John for you to enjoy.

1> Arab Head

Lime with a finish of Danish oil and wax

150 x 100 x 25mm (6 x 4 x 2in)

2> Asian Head

Lime, with a finish of Danish oil and wax

Head: 230 x 125mm (9 x 5in) approx

Baseboard: 305 x 230mm (12 x 9in) approx

3> Saharan Arab Head

Lime, with a finish of Danish oil and wax

180 x 115mm (7 x 4.5in)

4> John Pace, the head master