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.

 

Progressive pics on woodcarving Geronimo

I started this before going up north on vacation and worked on him tonight a couple hours.  I am carving the Legend, Geronimo.  I wish i would have tilted his head, like the picture.  That’s harder than it looks.  I am trying to concentrate on the details of the face.  I’ll do the eyes tomorrow. I don’t like doing the eyes late when I am tired.  They have to be as good as I am able to do them and being tired increases the chances for a mistake.

 

Spent two nights in the studio for this

I had some time the last couple nights to get in the studio to do some carving.  I did the eyes differently than I usually do using Jeff Phare’s teaching in his “Carving Eyes” book. It think I prefer his way. I know I made them a little to wide and not exactly centered, but had fun just the same.

Enjoying myself, and the art of wood sculpting are more important the the finished product.  Not that I don’t want to improve, I do. But I also want to enjoy the peace this artistic expression brings me.

First attempt at a bust and carving an ear

I am determined to push myself into carving that intimidates me as I have never done it before. I started this American Indian and decided to try and go all the way around and do an ear.  It’s not the greatest and won’t be a show piece, actually, I have never entered a show, but it was fun to do, and to learn, and move forward in experience.  The wood is butternut, which I love, but it is tricky to carve.