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.

Working on this guy

I am working on this guy with a stocking cap, out of cottonwood bark from Canada. I am copying a similar carving from the one and only Alec Lacasse . I have to do the beard, which I am not confident in carving, but the only way to learn and get more confident is to do it. I just don’t want to screw it up, after taking so long to do the hat threads.  It’s been a busy few weeks so first time carving in awhile. Loved finishing this guy up tonight.

Woodcarving Spoiled for Christmas I am

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 amazingore-stag-handle

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.