Vacation is here

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.

Spent two nights in the studio for this

I had some time the last couple nights to get in the studio to do some carving.  I did the eyes differently than I usually do using Jeff Phare’s teaching in his “Carving Eyes” book. It think I prefer his way. I know I made them a little to wide and not exactly centered, but had fun just the same.

Enjoying myself, and the art of wood sculpting are more important the the finished product.  Not that I don’t want to improve, I do. But I also want to enjoy the peace this artistic expression brings me.

Featured Artist of the Day

IMG_7795I finished this Native American in Cotton wood bark yesterday and posted it on this facebook site. I was pleasantly surprised to be featured as the “Artist of the Day” on the

Wood Carvers & Whittlers (The art found within the wood)  Face book Group.

Here’s what the moderator wrote:

Nate Elarton, is our Facebook Page Photo Artist of the Day.Nate, shares with us this wonderfully done carving of a Native American. The carving alone would make this a great piece of art, but if you love the use of wood grain within a piece and feel that it add to the beauty then this piece is for you. What wonderful grain is working together with the talent of this carver to create this magnificent piece. Thank you Nate for your sharing of this piece with us and we hope you continue to post here on our page. Greg+

 

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.