David Groth Documentary Videos

Reclaiming Myrtlewood from the Beach

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Reclaiming Myrtlewood from the Beach.

This first chapter (1/9)  begins at my home and takes you along as I search the beach to reclaim massive myrtlewood timbers and root sections. Bay laurel is my wood of choice for creating carved sculptures.

A Studio Discussion of Creating Abstract Form in Wood

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: A Studio Discussion of Creating Abstract Form in Wood.

In this video segment (2/9) I discuss four finished sculptural tables. My primary concern focuses on the creation of abstract form in wood. In later segments I will go further into the details involved with the carving and finishing process. 

Carving the Sculptural Table “Swallowtail”

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Carving the Sculptural Table “Swallowtail”.

In this video section (3/9) I am roughly carving from a wet 3,000 lb. myrtlewood root ball the abstract sculptural table that as it unfolds begins to remind me of a swallowtail butterfly. 

Carving the Sculptural Table “Marbeled Murrelets”

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Carving the Sculptural Table “Marbeled Murrelets”.

In this video section (4/9) I am carving two myrtlewood root sections and joining them into one sculptural table. The primary concern is that the two pieces of wood are shapes that can not only be joined but compliment each other sculpturally. 

Carving the Sculptural Table "Guardians".

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Carving the Sculptural Table "Guardians". 

In this video (5/9) I am carving a table top from the trunk of myrtlewood tree and carving a root section that will form the base: Both joined will make a unified abstract statement.

Carving the sculptural table "Roadrunner"

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Carving the sculptural table "Roadrunner".

In this segment (6/9) the legs and top forming this  table will be carved from a single piece of root section and trunk of a myrtlewood tree. As you will see there is quite a problem to solve in deciding how to approach making the initial cuts into this tree section.

Refining Abstract Form

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood:  Refining Abstract Form.

In this video segment (7/9) I discuss and carve design elements that can be refined  to create a more dynamic sculptural statement.


Finishing Table Lines and Surfaces

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Finishing Table Lines and Surfaces.

In this video (8/9) defining lines and chiseling surfaces creates sensual texture, movement and tension. 

Completing Four Sculptural Tables

The Creation of Abstract Form in Wood: Completing Four Sculptural Tables. 

In this final chapter (9/9) I discuss design, level table legs to the floor and apply finish to the sculptures.

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