The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents

Vladimir Rusinov
Master Miniature Wood Carver
Page added 5/21/2019


Vladimir Rusinov was born February 20, 1960 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. He attended secondary school #1 position in the Komsomolskij Zmiey district of the Kharkov region. He also took a correspondence course through the Moscow Folk University of Arts, majoring in graphic arts and painting with a specialty as a secondary school teacher. He served in the Soviet Army from 1979 to 1981.

His wood carving features highly dramatic and detailed relief scenes of people animals in medium to smaller sizes, many honoring specific events from the past. He also builds larger cartoon-like, brightly colored sculptures for the entertainment of children.

He is married and has a son and a daughter plus two grandsons and a granddaughter. He now lives and works in Liman, Zmiev district, Kharkov region, Ukraine.



In his own words

What inspired me to become a carver?
I grew up with just my mother, and all the school break times I spent at my grandmotherís house in the farm village. There were no kids to play with, only elderly people, so I had to find a way to entertain myself. That is how I encountered a nearby wood production plant where there was wood of different kinds with different grains and textures. I would run around and jump on these large tree trunks, imagining them as monsters. That is how my inseparable love for wood began and led to my life-long profession.

When I was 13 I began my first carving lessons, but without any instructors. My first carvings were little smiling masks, funny and good. I never liked wicked characters. I did not have any special carving tools and was working with just a knife. I still remember that it was heavy and long. I would paint the face masks with different colors. Then I understood that painting a tree is not needed. A tree already has a beautiful color and texture. The wood can be dark or light. In autumn when leaves fell from from trees I liked to go for a walk in the forest and always played with leaves. I would collect the most beautiful ones and gave these bouquets to my friends. I also observed that tree branches have beautiful knots and interlacements of fragments of twigs. To me they had a very beautiful appearance, looking like animals, people and birds. I began to hand saw (whip-saw) on a tree and to cut these little details on trees and branches. This was fantasy for me. They were also good and little. I brought these fragments home and finished cutting them to the necessary form. Cutting became very interesting to me. My mother did not have money to purchase good tools for me; therefore, I went to study drawing in the childrens studio in the House of Culture in our small town. I began quickly to draw my future characters and heroes. My hands became stronger and more skilled; child's fantasy becoming more adult-like. A little boy passed into an adult world of feelings and understanding of the beauty around us.

What I also learned is that chisels and knives must be very sharp, and thus are dangerous to children who are learning to carve. A teacher must always be alongside.

How do I create my artworks in wood?
When I begin a new artwork I have to choose the type of wood, its size and carving layout, such as square or rectangle, vertical or horizontal, etc. Then, a sketch is made. It is very lengthy process because I make several alternatives, which may or may not include additional figures, details, overall combination and even possible interior locations. Then the sketch is made in 1:1 scale and transferred to the wood. Then comes the wood carving part, using many different tools. It is the longest and most laborious process. For some parts of the carving I need to use hand cutters, for others an electric powered Foredom flexible shaft grinder with high speed rotating cutters.

What are my thoughts about craftsmanship?
I believe that every person has hidden creative potential, fantasies and talent with which we are able to impress people around us. It is sometimes even seen in children as young as 2 years of age, which I call genius. These signs and phenomena of craftsmanship are then acquired and perfected throughout a personís whole life. Each year we gain some details and new skills, sometimes even without noticing it. Constant work, even in different genres, gathers what I call experience.

  Photo Gallery of Rusinov's Woodcarving
Photo Gallery of Rusinov's Children's Sculptures
List of Rusinov's Exhibitions and Achievements
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