Gifted the Seaman to my brother Mark

My brother Mark was over and he is retired from the United States Coast Guard.  My Sailor carving was perfect for him.  They both have a beard and all, had it been winter, the hats would have matched too!  Great spending some time together.  He loved it and that bring me joy when the gift bring joy!!

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

Working on another with the head turned

 

Seems little, but I am working on turning the head some like Alec Lacasse and I worked on during my last class with him.  It adds some life.  It is better than the straight ahead stare.  It has been a little hot in the shop, but I am carving in the morn or evening. I have more pics on my instagram @natewoodsculpting.

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.

Some pieces I’ve been working on

 

I finished this older lady in cotton wood bark last week. The emphasis was working on wrinkles and making lady features.  This week I worked on the Native American in bark too. Work on the eyes and also trying to get the headress, but its up a little high.  I sure enjoyed these two pieces and carving.