Progressive pics on woodcarving Geronimo

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.

 

Some Finished Projects

I have been working on my studio. I wanted to make more room f when I host our carving group and to have other men over to carve. I did finish a few projects to get them off the bench and post.  I could have sanded the Green Man (from Chris Pye book) forever, so I stained it and will donate it and the cottonwood bark man to a silent auction at our church to help get our youth group to a Haiti Missions trip to HUT Outreach.

I did my first bowl. It’s in black walnut. I was pretty happy the way it turned out and my wife loved it. It was fun to do and a different genre of carving other than faces.

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.

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.

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.