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.

Working on these guys.

I have two projects going right now. One is in red cedar, which I love, and wish we had more this far south in Michigan.  The other is cottonwood bark from Canada.  Only had a couple hours this week to carve. Need to carve more to continue to get better. Tried a different way to do the nose. Also cut the eyes on the cedar with a V and a knife, which is new I usually have just used a knife.