“A beautiful, intricate meditation on creativity and discovery, on fire and rebirth.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
Awestruck at the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London
church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to woodcarving—its
physical rhythms, intricate beauty, and intellectual demands. Forty
years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbons’s forgotten
technique, which revolutionized ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s
with its spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits, and foliage.