Hitting the shop while at home

With the corona virus keeping us home more than normal I am out in the shop carving more than ever before. I am trying to push myself and not carve just what I am familiar with. I did sell a carving through Instagram, so I ordered more Bark to keep me stocked to carve. Thank you for the amazing bark from Western Canada Cottonwood Bark. I will be carving more today. I have a few new pics. My daughter is a photographer and took some wonderful shots. I will post them below.

I am also looking forward to classes online with an amazing carver Alec Lacasse. Alec is one of my instructors and a personal friend. Here is a free lesson Alec Posted, then go to his sight to sign up for his class information (Click here) If you can ever carve and learn from Alec, you will be blessed, as I have. He is a great teacher.

Again, carving brings me peace. During these times we need the peace of God. Here are some recent pics. (Thanks again Abby of Storylines Creative)

A Medieval Dragon in Cherry wood. I love carving realistic faces but am stretching out.

Some final Touches

This is a prince of a distant land. His headpeice and the details symbolizes his royalty. I am not done with him yet, and yes I made this all up, but it’s my art :).

Another Great Lesson with Alec Lacasse

This is my 3rd lesson with Alec.  We did a Native American with head dress, not looking straight ahead.  Always great to learn from him. He takes me to another level as he shares his talent.  We set this one up so I could do it by myself when I got home to remember all he taught me.  Super great time with a great young man.

My Son wins art award with ceramic set

My son Gabe Elarton, won the top Superintendent’s award at the Focus show! He went to the Toledo Art Museum to receive his prize and to be congratulated.  He is a good artist and did a lot of ceramics.  He is now a freshman. Proud of him! His teacher, Brent Douge, from Bedford High School, Temperance Michigan, had him for 4 years and entered his work. He is a great teacher in ceramics. All my kids love him.  The award went to the ceramic vases. He also entered himself in clay.  It was a fun night to go down there

Amazing woodcarving Lesson with Alec Lacasse

I had an amazing time Monday taking a 5 hour woodcarving lesson with woodcarving prodigy and master, Alec Lacasse . An amazing 22 year old, talented and hard working artist. I went to his studio in Leonard, MI. This was the 2nd time I have been able to carve with him. Man, I feel like I hit another level. We carved a face together and he just opened

my eyes to so many new things in face carving. I love his approach as an artist, more than a woodcarver.  His positive, and self-confident dynamic is impressive. He has a great balance of encouragement and critique.  Check it his website and gallery at the link on his name. You will be amazed at his art. I wanted to take more time on the nose and mouth, and beard and I learned a whole lot more. My dad paid for the lesson for my birthday. It was great to see Alec, and to hang out with him. I consider him a great friend, as well as a teacher.

Marty Eddinger Woodcarvings

Marty Eddinger has taught me a lot and first got me interested in woodcarving. When he was in TN he showed me his new interest. Put a chisel in my hand. I ran it up some cedar and I was hooked on woodcarving.  He has taught me, encouraged me, and helped me so much. Woodcarving has brought a lot of peace and joy in my life. Marty told me he really felt the Lord’s presence  when he carved.  I understand that now that I do it. It is amazing ministry to me. He and his wife have moved back to Michigan a few years ago. He lives a couple blocks from me. We carve together when we can, and we both wish it could be more. I am so grateful to Marty and his teaching and encourage Here are some of his latest. He is a pretty amazing woodcarver, friend, pastor, teacher, and one of my greatest encouragers in my life.

NOTE: 2/10/17  Marty suddenly went to be with the Lord last week. He will be so missed by so many. I will miss him more than words are able to  express. I will cherish our friendship, woodcarving, and ministering together forever.