2019 Bedford Arts Show, Temperance, mI

I put 3 carvings in the art show this year. I dropped them off today. I have been working on them on and off for the last few months, the last several months for the chief. The piece I call “Four Face” was carved out of cottonwood bark gifted to me from the great carver Alec Lacasse . He has been a great help to me, as teacher, coach, and friend. I’ll let you know if a nab a ribbon or not.

Entered into Art Show
Four Face

Guy in butternut from the 40’s with ears.

I’m not quite done with this guy. I have been avoiding him because I have not detailed ears much. A carver messaged me on instagram encouraging me to do ears. I did them and now I know I can do full busts with ears. They are tricky and I have more practice to go to perfect them. Butternut is a trick wood, as the grain chips. I love the look. I’ll be finishing this and will post the final pics.

Projects on the bench March 19

I tried to make a guy kind of smirky.  I don’t think its very realistic even though it is ok.  I want to get into more expressions.

The first couple pics are a Native American I am working on. I will do a head dress and hair tie and/or feather. This was a great piece of Cotton Wood bark from BC Canada.

Looking forward to more time in the shop.

Finishing this Chief

This guy has been a blast to carve.  I, again, tried to slightly turn the head.  I have worked on the nose more since the last pic. I cut down the bridge. It was looking a little bulky. I still have to figure out adding the feathers, without enough room for the whole feather, thus completing the headdress.  I might enter this one in the Bedford Arts Contest in September.  I entered last year and my Green man won the Purchase Award.  The Bedford arts council bought the carving.

Working on another with the head turned

 

Seems little, but I am working on turning the head some like Alec Lacasse and I worked on during my last class with him.  It adds some life.  It is better than the straight ahead stare.  It has been a little hot in the shop, but I am carving in the morn or evening. I have more pics on my instagram @natewoodsculpting.

A couple things on the bench

I am trying to carve spoons, but that is trickier than I thought!  I love the cherry, and the beauty of the grain and color.  Here is pic of a couple and then I am working on a spirit face so and I am trading it for an ambrosia spoon from a spoon carver on instagram.

Bloody Fingers Woodcarving Co.

Our woodcarving group had an all-day carve a last weekend. We carved from 10-4.  We did a Christmas ornament from a DVD by Mark Gargac, a great carver.  Always a great time carving with some amazing friends, and good food.  We also worked on some of other projects too. Love this group.

My daughter Abby took some pics

My daughter Abby is a photographer and took some pics last month of my carving studio and me carving. She is very gifted in the arts and photography is one of her many talents. Her husband does video and they run Storylines Creative Co.  She is a beautiful young lady in every way. I love her spirit and heart and the fact she has dedicated her life to helping others.  Here are the pics. She took some good ones.