Happy Halloween! I thought a collection of decapitated heads seemed appropriate for the spirit of the holiday! These are all “works in progress” that will turn into something sooner or later. I do these as a form of relaxation and practice. Some are actually planned as parts of complex toys. I have plans for the little boy as part of a cranked toy that will have him performing as part of an animated piece of art. I keep getting side-tracked on him. The witch was planned as part of a scene but I’m not sure she will make the final cut; not sure I like the hat or something else about her. The Spock-ish/Grinch looking creature may end up as an Christmas ornament with a hat or I may decide to give him a body also. I’m kinda wanting to put a top hat on the little bald guy in front, but not sure yet what he wants to be. The wrinkled head will probably turn out to be an elf ornament of some type.
I have a lot of fun just carving free-style, without a plan, or concept, or even a clue what it end up as. Something as simple as the shape of a chin could lead me in the direction of something that I’ve never carved or even seen before. Some become Santas and others become cowboys . And others are just practice.
Wood carvers are similar to musicians in that you must practice. You teach your muscles to respond in certain ways, to use your instruments, to have the stamina and strength, to create your art. You devlope callouses on your fingers, your wrists and arms have to be strong to control your toolls or to swing a mallet. I can only carve a few hours a day during the week, but I make a big effort to never skip. I will start something, like these heads, while I wait for a finish to dry or as a way to test new techniques and designs. It also helps with some larger projects to have something that uses different skills or muscles in order to take a break, to let yourself relax. Sometimes you have to MAKE yourself take breaks! It can be quite dangerous to work with sharp tools, hand or powered, when you are tired or exhausted. You have a tendency to make mistakes or rush things, without using the proper precautions. LOL! That’s the real reason I am writing this instead of carving this very minute! It’s late here and my wife really gets mad at me if I wake her up because I need stitches! Life should be savored rather than gulped down!
Thanks for looking!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mpounders1.blogspot.com