Woodcarving has been a gift to me

So, just speaking sentamentally, When Marty Eddinger, introduced me to woodcarving I had no idea the gift it would be to my life.  Why has it made such a healthy impact in me.  Let me

  • I have made new and strong relationships with other men who woodcarve.
  • Woodcarving alone, bring me peace, I sense the Lord, and my spirit and emotions are recalibrated.
  • It relieves stress and gets my mind off stressful things.
  • I never considered myself an artist or even “artistic” but creating something from a piece of wood give me an inner satisfaction of fun accomplishment.
  • I have time to think about things I don’t think about when I don’t have time.IMG_2367
  • I love my shop and my space. Tools are fun, and wood smells great.
  • I love challenges and dreaming.

I will always be grateful to my late friend Marty, who introduced me to woodcarving, taught me so much (eyes!), and encouraged me, and gifted me many things. I miss this guy daily.

Worked on this one this week. Loved every moment.

 

Working on Hair

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.