The Lost Carving
A Journey to the Heart of Making
written by David Esterly
Duckworth Publishing | ISBN 9780715645475
Hardback – 288 pages
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Awestruck by the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to the art – its physical control, intricate beauty and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbons’s forgotten technique, which revolutionised ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s. After a fire at Hampton Court Palace in 1986 destroyed much of Gibbons’s masterpiece, the job fell to David Esterly to restore his idol’s work to its former glory. It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterley’s life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make something well.