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.
Our woodcarving group had an all-day carve a last weekend. We carved from 10-4. We did a Christmas ornament from a DVD by Mark Gargac, a great carver. Always a great time carving with some amazing friends, and good food. We also worked on some of other projects too. Love this group.
I added some more to this sculpture from my last post. Added the feather, hat, and the breastplate. The great thing about woodcarving is not just the end result. But the peace, joy, and creativity as one is carving.
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.
I enjoy carving butternut. I have been gifted some. I wanted this guy to come out of the butternut and have his eyes closed. I did not do a great job on the lips. Continue reading “Coming out of the Butternut”
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.
I had fun doing these two guys. One older, one younger. Tried to do some extras with both of them.
In this guy I tried to put what I have learned into practice. Taking my time and studying the pic more than I carve. It was a fun one to do. I love this bark from Canada. I started working on this in the middle of September. I am a pastor of a larger and active multi-site church (Compelled Church), so I have little windows of time to carve. I do love carving. I am not sure if I am going to put any finish on this or not.
I will be working more on the neck and clothing collar.