International Woodcarver of the year

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International Woodcarver of the year

Alexander Grabovetskiy – ‘Wall Decoration’ – 1st prize

This piece is also the winner of our overall ‘International Woodcarver of the Year award, which is sponsored by Classic Hand Tools
When he was just a more youthful boy of six in the Russian city of Dimitrovgrad, Alexander was tutored normal woodcarving tactics by his grandfather. This rapid mentoring was the starting of a every day existence-prolonged occupation for him. When he was sixteen, he shocked certified carver Vladimir Tokarev sufficient to make Alexander his apprentice. There, beneath the expert’s expert tutelage, he honed his woodworking artwork correct up till the Soviet Federal government arrested him and sent him to prison due to his Christian faith and refusal to enter the Red Army.

He knowledgeable to endure in jail till his launch aged 21. A lot more than these a couple of a lengthy time he began his woodworking organization from prison, making property furnishings and cooking location sets. Subsequent his launch, it was very challenging to uncover carry out so he started his personal woodworking firm. In 1996, with his spouse Nadia and 10-thirty day period-old son Mark, Alexander immigrated as a political refugee to the United states.

Presently Alexander ( International Woodcarver of the year) carves each and every day he enjoys woodcarving. He carves from six.00am-eleven.00pm without having realising what time it is! As for his type, he functions in sculpture, substantial reduction, nominal assist, architectural and ornamental modes. Alexander states, “Give me wood and I will do anything at all with it – virtually!”

To make this intricate wall decoration, Alexander only utilised hand resources to total the depth – no rotary electrical power instruments have been used. He exclusively likes Auriou, Ashley Iles and Pfeil chisels and finds these greatest for finishing his parts.

Alexander (International Woodcarver of the year) did not sand this piece as he believes that resource signifies make a masterpiece. “It is the very identical as brush signifies on canvas in very great art,” he claims.

As substantially as strategies are nervous, he normally takes particularly the identical technique as people employed by grasp woodcarvers many years in the previous. He enjoys the perform of Grinling Gibbons as effectively as his techniques. Alexander (International Woodcarver of the year) makes use of an intensive undercutting approach to give shadows into take part in. He tells us that he is now a large fanatic of wall carving. In his viewpoint, the shadows produced in woodcarving are very critical in fact he believes they are far more vital than even the format of the carving. When he draws his layout, from the beginning he is contemplating about creating gentle and shadow.

In the identical way, no end was utilized on this wall decoration. The piece measures 915mm wide and 150mm significant.

Judges’ evaluations of International Woodcarver of the year

Peter Benson about International Woodcarver of the year

I favored the standard layout and type and, from what I could see from the photograph, the high high quality of the carving is excellent and nicely deserving of 1st place. There has been a large sum of carry out integrated and it exhibits. The format of the complete piece flows with every solitary curve and twist complementing the subsequent.

Michael Painter International Woodcarver of the year

Competently executed, exhibiting not only persistence but impressive dedication to extensive this type of a task.


  • Congrats on wood carver of the year. You certainly deserve it. Your carvings are spectacular. Kudos!! Dan – Riverwood

  • Congratulations Alexander! That sure is beautiful work you've done. – Mark

  • Congratulations Alexander! International Woodcarver of the year!
    – Ginny

  • Congratulations, Alexander. You do deserve it. International Woodcarver of the year. – Cut up

  • You are very talanted your work is superb. International Woodcarver of the year – Donsexton

International Woodcarver of the year

International Woodcarver of the year

International Woodcarver of the year

International Woodcarver of the year

International Woodcarver of the year

International Woodcarver of the year Alexander Grabovetskiy

If you would like to see more pictures of this carving go to my gallery and you will see if I deserve a title International Woodcarver of the year!

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About the Author:

Alexander Grabovetskiy is a Master Wood Carver and Woodworking Artist. Born July 4 1973. Currently his woodworking / woodcarvingShop located in state of North Carolina town Waxhaw.
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