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.
This guy has been a blast to carve. I, again, tried to slightly turn the head. I have worked on the nose more since the last pic. I cut down the bridge. It was looking a little bulky. I still have to figure out adding the feathers, without enough room for the whole feather, thus completing the headdress. I might enter this one in the Bedford Arts Contest in September. I entered last year and my Green man won the Purchase Award. The Bedford arts council bought the carving.
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.
- 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.
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.
Love the “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Who doesn’t love Groot? I have been chipping away at him on and off for a few months, but I put some time in him this weekend. I keep my eyes on the pic like Alec Lacasse taught me. Studying the pic as much as carving the wood. Thanks Alec, Check out my favorite carver at aleclacasse.com .
I added some more to this sculpture from my last post. Added the feather, hat, and the breastplate. The great thing about woodcarving is not just the end result. But the peace, joy, and creativity as one is carving.
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.