I am trying to carve spoons, but that is trickier than I thought! I love the cherry, and the beauty of the grain and color. Here is pic of a couple and then I am working on a spirit face so and I am trading it for an ambrosia spoon from a spoon carver on instagram.
I have big carving goals at Christmas, but never seem to get all those projects done. I have spent increased time in the shop and got a few done. A sunflower for my daughter and a mountain man, personalized for my father-in-law. I have also tried my hand at some more spoon carving. It is hard than I thought, but I am determined to keep at it, as wooden spoons are pretty cool. Here are some pics.
I entered the local art show here at the library submitting two carvings. I did not know what to expect or how it even worked. It was a great experience for sure.
The highlight of the day was having my daughter surprise me and she drove from Flint to come to the art show. She really blessed me more than the show for sure. Have my daughter and wife with me was the greatest.
The Green Man in Cottonewood bark won an Honorable mention and the “Purchase Award”. The Bedford Arts Council, gives 2 of those out. They buy the piece and display it at the library forever I guess. I took the check and ordered more cottonwood bark from BC, Canada. It was fun and I was honored. The fisherman was also entered and will be displayed with all the other art the next 3 weeks.
I am working on this green man getting my inspiration from my favorite carver Alec Lacasse. I have never done leaves. I’m taking my time. I feel I have done better on the eyes. I used a pic by Alec and the book by Jeff Phares on eyes. I just got Ron Adamson’s DVD “The Eyes Have It” in the mail today so I am pretty happy about that.
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.
So I love vacation, like everyone. Woodcarving is a part of my vacation. I have committed to studying woodcarving as well as doing it. Reading in detail, Ivan Willock’s book, “Caring Eyes, Features, and Expressions,” and also “Carving Eyes” by Jeff Phares. I am also doing some sketching of these things for great understanding and memorization of the eye and nose structures. My kids got me some sketching things for my birthday. So I did this Sunday night, after services, between packing and taking care of my dad.
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 .