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!
I thought it’s time I filed a progress report on my attempt to carve a Bald Eagle. But first, let me apologize for not starting on the BE. You see, I’ve been looking at a couple of geese blanks sitting atop my fridge in my shop. Every time I wanted something out of the fridge, I could just hear these two geese honking at me to free them from the blocks of wood! So after a year of resisting, I finally got one down and started shaping and cutting on it, figuring that if I mess it up, at lea...
I’m continuing the painting portion of this toy. I’ve stained and finished all the mechanical pieces and almost have the man painted and ready for assembly. One of the elements important to me was the boots. I have several other carvings planned with boots, so I wanted to try something detailed, as far as the appearance of the boots. I did some research and thought this guy would look good in some Lucchese lizard-skin boots! I spent about 3 hours drawing and burning the designs on...
You not only get to play with the toy when assembled, it’s also a puzzle! After testing, I have it completely dismantled to do some finish sanding and painting. I stopped counting parts and pieces after one hundred, but it is important to be able to be able to make adjustments and repairs if needed. So I though I would post a few pictures of the inner workings, that might help if someone might like to do something similar. The important part of the man, as far as how he dances, a...
It works! That doesn’t always happen, for me! I still have a little tweaking to do on one cam, but this is pretty much how it will operate. I’ll be able to start on the painting and finishing next, which shouldn’t be too bad. Of course, one of the things that slows me down, is all the “testing” I just have to do! So, as a thank you to those that have followed my blog, I decided to post a little preview of it in action. Thanks for eeveryone’s encourag...
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