Here is my Green man in basswood in one leaf. I did a progression of it. I enjoyed carving it a lot. On to the next project!
I have big carving goals at Christmas, but never seem to get all those projects done. I have spent increased time in the shop and got a few done. A sunflower for my daughter and a mountain man, personalized for my father-in-law. I have also tried my hand at some more spoon carving. It is hard than I thought, but I am determined to keep at it, as wooden spoons are pretty cool. Here are some pics.
I entered the local art show here at the library submitting two carvings. I did not know what to expect or how it even worked. It was a great experience for sure.
The highlight of the day was having my daughter surprise me and she drove from Flint to come to the art show. She really blessed me more than the show for sure. Have my daughter and wife with me was the greatest.
The Green Man in Cottonewood bark won an Honorable mention and the “Purchase Award”. The Bedford Arts Council, gives 2 of those out. They buy the piece and display it at the library forever I guess. I took the check and ordered more cottonwood bark from BC, Canada. It was fun and I was honored. The fisherman was also entered and will be displayed with all the other art the next 3 weeks.
So I love vacation, like everyone. Woodcarving is a part of my vacation. I have committed to studying woodcarving as well as doing it. Reading in detail, Ivan Willock’s book, “Caring Eyes, Features, and Expressions,” and also “Carving Eyes” by Jeff Phares. I am also doing some sketching of these things for great understanding and memorization of the eye and nose structures. My kids got me some sketching things for my birthday. So I did this Sunday night, after services, between packing and taking care of my dad.
Finally finished this guy’s V-neck and put some Deft on Him. Who’s he remind you of?
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+
I have been working on my studio. I wanted to make more room f when I host our carving group and to have other men over to carve. I did finish a few projects to get them off the bench and post. I could have sanded the Green Man (from Chris Pye book) forever, so I stained it and will donate it and the cottonwood bark man to a silent auction at our church to help get our youth group to a Haiti Missions trip to HUT Outreach.
I did my first bowl. It’s in black walnut. I was pretty happy the way it turned out and my wife loved it. It was fun to do and a different genre of carving other than faces.