I am working on this green man getting my inspiration from my favorite carver Alec Lacasse. I have never done leaves. I’m taking my time. I feel I have done better on the eyes. I used a pic by Alec and the book by Jeff Phares on eyes. I just got Ron Adamson’s DVD “The Eyes Have It” in the mail today so I am pretty happy about that.
I scored a book that is out of print. It is on beard and hair by Jeff Phares. It is hard to get hold of but a new friend from W. VA, sold his to me. I have been very unhappy with my hair and beards. This book helped and the pic I was carving by. That carving in the pic is by Alex Lacasse. Flow, and the three steps that Phares taught, as well as observing Alec’s beards is helping and I am learning. Also some stop cuts with the knife on the beard accents some lows and highs with shadowing.
Here is An American Indian I started with Alec Lacasse, finishing it up. Need some more of this amazing cottonwood bark. Using another one of his carvings (pic beside) to reference for the detail.
I finally got a few hours today to go out to the studio and do some carving. I had been working on a Green Man, following Chris Pye’s book. I am going to do a lot of sanding on this guy, and do some light green staining I believe. A few more areas to clean up.
This Christmas was great for the woodcarver. My wife, Wendy got me an amazing 5000 watt electric heater for the studio. It so nice to not heat with propane anymore. I also received an Eli-ball vice from Wendy’s folks, some knives, and a buffing and polishing ball (grant it , without shame I made these Christmas suggestions! 🙂 I also got n Ore woodcarving jacknife with a stag handle from Marty Eddinger, who got me into carving and is also a carver. It’s amazing
Spent some good time carving with Dean Mueller and started a Green Man, from Chris Pye’s book. It’s tricky to me, but enjoying the vice and something different than the faces in bark I have been concentrating on.
I worked out this morning and watched some of my video’s by Ian Norbury. These Master Carver’s just continue to impress me and motivate to keep enjoying woodcarving and to keep learning and growing at it.
Always great to carve cottonwood bark. I appreciate the help on the beard from Alec Lacasse. I’m going to do a little more detailing and then I might give this as a Christmas gift.
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.
I have two projects going right now. One is in red cedar, which I love, and wish we had more this far south in Michigan. The other is cottonwood bark from Canada. Only had a couple hours this week to carve. Need to carve more to continue to get better. Tried a different way to do the nose. Also cut the eyes on the cedar with a V and a knife, which is new I usually have just used a knife.