SBH:The story of the 17th century wood sculptor Grinling Gibbons, told by David Esterly as he works on restoring Gibbons' carvings after the fire at Hampton Court Palace in 1986.
readings from John Evelyn's diary, & act.
PRE:Esterly: how he became interested in Gibbons and then started wood carving himself.
Readings throughout from John Evelyn's diaries about Grinling's work.
Esterly: restoration is exercise in slavish copying; why he thinks he was chosen to do this restoration work; working as wood carver is passport to poverty; Gibbons' choice of limewood as his normal medium.
15'00"" in - demonstrates sound of carving limewood; describes his antique chisels, quite unchanged since Gibbons' time; pleasure of carving, skill and strength, head and heart; need for skilled arts today.
21 Mar 1991 21:30-21:55 (RADIO 3)
John Evelyn (Author)
Piers Plowright (Producer)
Brett Usher (rdr)
David Esterly (Speaker)
Notes: CAIRS 545712.