After a little of no carving through Christmas. I spent some time in the shop. I finished like a couple gifts for Christmas. Here are a few of the pieces I finished.
The carving on the left was one of my better faces especially the nose and below the mouth. He is a pretty stern looking dude.
My next project I tried to carve from picture of this actor. I have had the pic awhile and always looked at it. I finally decided to give it a try. My son says I should do it like 5 times and see the improvement and the observations I would gain. I may. I see many things I missed as I study it. But it was still an enjoyable project nonetheless. I am getting low on bark so need to put an order in for the winter carving. I may have more time as no yard work and I won’t be able to walk or ride mountain bike. Carving on .
I am not sure if I will put this on my Etsy store. Here is a link to that. Click here
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.
I finished this older lady in cotton wood bark last week. The emphasis was working on wrinkles and making lady features. This week I worked on the Native American in bark too. Work on the eyes and also trying to get the headress, but its up a little high. I sure enjoyed these two pieces and carving.
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?