Woodcarving Etudes

photo of 10 practice pieces

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Why is it that the word “etude” is used only for musical practice pieces? Why not for drawings or woodcarvings?

These etudes are after Mary May, Frederick Wilbur,  Kurt Koch, and Chris Pye. These pieces range in size from 4″ x 4″ to 8″ x 4″, and a bit longer for the moldings.


2 Responses to “Woodcarving Etudes”

  1. rfrancis Says:

    It often was used for drawings and other studies, particularly in 19th Century France and here http://www.picassomio.com/francis-bacon/39894.html by a contemporary master after Ingres.

  2. Bob Says:

    THANKS for that citation rfrancis!

    The word “etude” seemed to make sense for the things that need many repetitions to acquire mastery. Chris Pye warns that one may need to do several hundred peas before mastering pea molding. Yeah, probably. … Etude du pois. :)