I only started playing around with wood first half of this year (when i joined here), started relief carving a few months ago at home and went to a 1 day course in july and a 2 day course end of sept.so im relitively new to it all.My son has been looking at my work (albeit only 3 pieces ! – i never finished my 1st one back in july) and likes my carving and he asked me if i would do his table centre pieces at his wedding, at first i was shocked….. what does he think i am ?? some pr...
I’m not much of a writer but wanted to share my experiences with my new found passion Diamond Willow. I don’t have many tools or resources but have the willingness to learn as i go from my mistakes and work with what i have. So with that said here we go. This is a work in progress.My first attempt at a foot stool The tenons are carved by hand. I just drilled the proper sized mortise in a piece of scrap and kept testing the fit and carve some more till i got the right dep...
Hello all. I am back…. Well…. Sort of. Okay, here’s the story. I finally got the chance to get back into the shop and start some projects for the farmers market. I was finishing up some built in shelves for a customer when my back went out. OH YES! It went way out. 3 ruptured disk L-3 L-4 and L-5. Stenosis of the L-5 S-1 vertebra with the disk at that same spot blown out are compressing the nerves of my left leg. Sciatic nerve for those of you who may not know is the main ne...
The Blending of Art & Wine - A NJ Event! #1: A Call to Artisans, Those Who Appriciate Art, & Wine Lovers!
This is a call to Artisans, Art & Furniture Enthusiasts, and Wine Lovers! – We are inviting local artisans to participate in an art and furniture show! Artists & Woodworkers: If you would like to display your talents, crafts, and successes you are invited to join us – please contact me for more details! The venue is NOT charging us a fee to show, nor are they taking a commission on sales this is all for their shared love of art! We may request a small contribution to c...
I have been painting on this guy for about a week and still haven’t got him finished! There are a lot of little details and it just seems to take a while. I hate not to be carving, but I really don’t mind the painting that much, at least not like some carvers do! It can really add to a good carving, depending on the subject or style of the carving and I learned to draw and paint a long time before I started carving. I use different painting techniques, but I’ll describe ...
Well I have showed off some of my carvings and now I would like to start an entry and open some dialoge on developing patterns from photos. I ran into a program that will take a photo and turn it into a line drawing where I can then use as a pattern. Has anyone else ever done anything like this?I plan on displaying a couple of relief carvings that I did this way in my projects.
Anybody in the Portland-Vancouver area looking for some rare Koa wood from Hawaii? I have a beautiful slab from Maui, about 57” long by 15” wide by just over 2” thick—almost 12 board feet of this rare and gorgeous wood. This is a section cut through the base of a branch so it includes some wonderful crotch grain. One significant check, which still allows two major cuttings—one of about 52”x5”x2,” and one of about 48”x7”x2...
Whoa, how’d that rodent get into this blog topic. Must have chewed it’s way in. I guess he’s home.
Well friends I thought it might be time to get to a new project and one that could be of great use since I have been at all of this spoon making business recently. I am a few weeks away from venturing into some pretty nice woods in upstate NY filled with Apple, Ash, Cherry, Maple, Oak and a whole lot of other really nice materials to seek out and possibly get to haul back to the shop and use for spoon works! I thought…hmmmm?, a nice tote would really help for the trip, something that...
Well I thought it might be best this evening to get to the shop and keep up with the spoon practicing and see where are am at with things. I felt good and energized after a fine meal of venison burger, potatoes and greens. I have to say that deer meat is a terrific source of rocket fuel and lucky for me I have no better source than my uncle Topper who lives in the cold hills of the upstate NY. When it comes to some well hunted eats there’s no better of a choice than Toppers freezer for some d...
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