There is an old song by Robert Palmer with these lyrics: “Your lights are on, but you’re not homeYour mind is not your ownYour heart sweats, your body shakesAnother kiss is what it takes You can’t sleep, you can’t eatThere’s no doubt, you’re in deepYour throat is tight, you can’t breatheAnother kiss is all you need Whoa, you like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeahIt’s closer to the truth to say you can’t g...
Today I took an introduction to relief carving class at the local Woodcraft store. The class was focused on carving an oak leaf and acorns using a piece of Basswood. This was my first experience at relief carving. I am an absolute beginner. I have to say I really enjoyed this and will be setting time aside to carve as much as I can. I would also say I have extreamly happy with the Ashley Iles carving chisels. They arrived sharp, are very substantal and they cut basswood like a hot kn...
I’m hoping to get some time today to do some more chip carving. That and sand a broken handplane knob for glue up. Between work and the leg, I am getting behind on the woodworking power curve. I signed up for a introductory relief carving class at Woodcraft and purchased a basic set of Ashley Iles (Lincoln Set) carving chisels. I can see this is going to be a money sink similar to wood turning. I have a flexcut strop, waterstone for my bench planes, worksharp, etc. But figur...
I slowly seem to be getting closer to something that looks feminine, and hopefully pretty. I did remove the bulge from the forehead that some noticed and I also narrowed the forehead and cheek area. The eyes seemed a little flat, so I made them more curved by gouging deeper into the socket on each side of the eye. I shaped the nose a bit more and added nostrils, which helps define the ball of the nose. She is starting to have a nice look since I have got things a little more...
Three things that I definitely try to remember: 1. Learn to recognize, to see your mistakes.2. Learn how to correct your mistakes.3. Learn to not be afraid to make corrections! Sometimes that correction may seem quite drastic, if you have not recognized it early in the carving progress. I have a tendency to get too detailed too early in the carving process, rather than carving the overall piece to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Doing that, and getting an area su...
OK, maybe all of my wood-tec type friends out on LJ,s can help me figure this out. I’ve allways been fascinated with the dynamics of curing and drying wood after the harvesting process. One to overcome is of cource the growth vortex that occures in some species and not in others. One question I have is this, Is there a right-hand vortex that occures above the equator as opposed to a left hand one bellow the equator? When a tree wiggles and struggles up out of the grownd, It also “...
I finally have most things together and sat down to play some. I wanted to do some simple 3 corner chips. I started by sanding a practice board to 220 grit. I reviewed Marty’s video and then drew out the pattern. Drawing the pattern was harder than I anticipated. I need a better mechanical pencil and possibly a better metric ruler. 2mm and 4mm was much smaller than I anticipated. The drawing was a little uneven, but I really did not worry about it. I was mainly hoping to ge...
I have decide to turn only reclaimed, American woods. I’m doing this for several reasons:1) There are trees that we pass, and largely ignore, everyday. Turning this wood gives me a chance to reintroduce myself and others to to this amazing world. I love the outdoors, and I go hiking, exploring, and “wood hunting” with my son quite often. I want to be able to point to a tree and tell him what it is. But as I’ve started trying to identify the species of wood that I&...
You may not notice tremendous differences between these pictures and the last that I posted. I haven’t made any changes to the face and have focussed a bit more on blocking out the hair and neck. The hair was very squarish before, kinda ancient Egyptian in appearance. So it needed to be rounded to give a more realistic appearance and to indicate the shape of the skull underneath the hair. I am also cutting the hair back from the face and the neck. Caricatures sometimes have an actua...
I registered for the War Eagle carving seminars again for this September and I am attempting to practice and get my carving skills in shape before attending! I hope that the better I am prepared, the more I will get out of it. I am signed up with Adina Huckins again and I don’t want her to think I wasn’t paying attention the last time. She emphasized repetition and practice as a way to improve skills, as a way to train your muscles to carve properly, to correctly cut and shape...
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