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.
I finished this Native American in Cotton wood bark yesterday and posted it on this facebook site. I was pleasantly surprised to be featured as the “Artist of the Day” on the
Wood Carvers & Whittlers (The art found within the wood) Face book Group.
Here’s what the moderator wrote:
Nate Elarton, is our Facebook Page Photo Artist of the Day.Nate, shares with us this wonderfully done carving of a Native American. The carving alone would make this a great piece of art, but if you love the use of wood grain within a piece and feel that it add to the beauty then this piece is for you. What wonderful grain is working together with the talent of this carver to create this magnificent piece. Thank you Nate for your sharing of this piece with us and we hope you continue to post here on our page. Greg+
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.
In this guy I tried to put what I have learned into practice. Taking my time and studying the pic more than I carve. It was a fun one to do. I love this bark from Canada. I started working on this in the middle of September. I am a pastor of a larger and active multi-site church (Compelled Church), so I have little windows of time to carve. I do love carving. I am not sure if I am going to put any finish on this or not.
I will be working more on the neck and clothing collar.
Carved this one. I added a feather and also a hair tie. Used a great book “Carving the Native American Face” by Terry Kramer and also a carving by Alec Lacasse.
Marty Eddinger has taught me a lot and first got me interested in woodcarving. When he was in TN he showed me his new interest. Put a chisel in my hand. I ran it up some cedar and I was hooked on woodcarving. He has taught me, encouraged me, and helped me so much. Woodcarving has brought a lot of peace and joy in my life. Marty told me he really felt the Lord’s presence when he carved. I understand that now that I do it. It is amazing ministry to me. He and his wife have moved back to Michigan a few years ago. He lives a couple blocks from me. We carve together when we can, and we both wish it could be more. I am so grateful to Marty and his teaching and encourage Here are some of his latest. He is a pretty amazing woodcarver, friend, pastor, teacher, and one of my greatest encouragers in my life.
NOTE: 2/10/17 Marty suddenly went to be with the Lord last week. He will be so missed by so many. I will miss him more than words are able to express. I will cherish our friendship, woodcarving, and ministering together forever.