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.

 

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.

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.

September Project Compeleted

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.