My latest 2 finished

The carving on the left was one of my better faces especially the nose and below the mouth.  He is a pretty stern looking dude.

My next project I tried to carve from picture of this actor. I have had the pic awhile and always looked at it. I finally decided to give it a try.  My son says I should do it like 5 times and see the improvement and the observations I would gain.  I may.  I see many things I missed as I study it.   But it was still an enjoyable project nonetheless.  I am getting low on bark so need to put an order in for the winter carving.  I may have more time as no yard work and I won’t be able to walk or ride mountain bike.  Carving on .

I am not sure if I will put this on my Etsy store. Here is a link to that. Click here

Woodcarving has been a gift to me

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.IMG_2367
  • 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.

 

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.

A couple things on the bench

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.

Christmas Carving

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.

 

Green Man on the bench

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.