This is the finished bird that I started 2 weeks ago. It took about 24 hours to get it to this stage. I still need to make a mount for the bird, and I’d like to make it unique. That means no ‘bird on a stick’, but also not the trite ‘wren on the edge of the cup/bucket/shoe’ environment. I’ve been wracking my poor little brain trying to figure out something unique and good- that I can do in 3 weeks. Any suggestions.ideas would be appreciated. ThanksNow to th...
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my Guido two swarovski: one maple offcut: one bamboo stick 3 mm in dia: and :
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I’ve been replacing the roof on a shed and doing other carpentry work, so I haven’t carved much in a few weeks. But I spent the weekend attending a two day seminar by Roger Stegal, a member of the Central Arkansas carving club, who has won several awards in different Caricature Carvers of America competitions. I had a lot of fun, picked up s few tips, sharpened some tools for other members, and got to visit a bit. I liked a couple of his smaller carvings, a Santa and a mounta...
Commissioned Carving ~ The Rampant Lion Been a long while since I got a nice commission like this. The “Rampant Lion” is based on a Scottish Coat of Arms which is the subject of my collector. He gave me nothing more than a piece of clip-art that he wanted reproduced as a carving in the round. I’ve started the carving with a clay maquette, used to help realize the design of the carving in 3 dimensions. I just glued up the basswood block this morning and will post...
This is the second carving in the scene I am doing with the little cowgirl. She will be walking her chicken on a leash. I have some friends who keep a few chickens and I am always accusing them of dressing their chickens up and treating them like pets. I suspect getting them to wear a hat might require some extra feed though! I still have to burn and paint this, after I complete the legs and feet. I used 20gauge copper wire and solder to get the basic armature for the legs and feet. I&...
I’ve finished carving all the details and have almost finished burning them. The wood burner helps add shadows to the carved areas and also helps to keep different colors of paint in different sections from bleeding into each other. I don’t set it high enough to blacken the wood; I want it to cut the wood and slightly brown it. I can use a knife to scrape or cut areas that are too dark and I may hit it with a bristle sander also, to reduce the contrast. You can see in this picture...
This past Sunday was particulary nice out, high of 60, sunshine, and I thought it would be nice to get back in touch with the very basics of working wood…..whittling! I had purchsed a Woodcraft Grab Box of Basswood a little over one year back and knew I had a happy helping of material to work with so I grabbed my new Sloyd carving knife (Please also see my newest review on this knife in the reviews section posting later this evening) and set about my task. As I regained my southpa...
I got the toy finished last night and took some pictures this morning. You can see the completed project here. It was fun. Here is a link to the video also. Thanks for following along!
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