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Blog entry by mpounders posted 12-15-2010 11:19 PM 4509 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to revisit carvings that I have previously finished or ideas that I have did before and see if I have improved. Sometimes I will even recarve portions of work that I never really completed. I often wonder if I subconciously don’t finish some things because I am not happy with a certain area and it will just have to wait until I can be happy with it? I enjoy the process of carving, of creating, of making something out of nothing, out of such simple materials. And I enjoy being able to improve my work, in training my hands to create what my mind imagines. And in training my mind to imagine, to challenge my skills, to go in directions that are new for me. This month will end the second year that I have been carving and I like to compare what I can do now to what I did when I started. My first carving was a wood spirit from a piece of white oak out of my stack of firewood ….if nothing else, I have learned to choose easier wood to carve by hand! This is is a similar piece out of cottonwood bark. I think this one has more of a realistic look, not so sad or stern.

You can see a few more pictures here: Santa
I am finishing a cane for a retired marine and then I plan to revisit one of my “twisted” Santa ornaments as a Christmas gift for my daughter. This is a busy time of year for Santa carvers! Thanks for looking.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 01:25 AM

i dont know if its the photo or what but i was a little hesitant , but for a santa, i just dont see the happiness in his eye’ are an excellent carver…but im just not seeing santa here…like i said it might be the angle of the picture..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 02:29 PM

Looks good to me Mike,
I have my first carving,...looking at it I can see many areas where I could have made cleaner cuts. For me not finishing or changing them shows me how much my carving abilities have changed. I find myself looking at the clock one minute then looking back again and an hour or more has passed in a blink. I have been carving going on 4 years and I cant seem to get enough of it.
We are thinking of taking a cruise to Alaska, my first thoughts are “Will they let me take my carving knives along”. I cant imagine going two weeks and not picking up a knife to carve somthing. I may go through with draws and begin carving the table tops….lol

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 02:35 PM

I like it and I think that you did a good job. However, it looks more like a wood spirit than a Santa, but it’s still very good.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 05:41 PM

I agree that he is not a jolly Santa…and that’s where my “imagining” gets revved up! I recently saw a show on the History channel regarding the history of Santa, about Saint Nicholas and being the patron saint of children (and others) and how there is an aspect of Santa that is a protective spirit, that gives gifts that sustain, that changes lives, and is not just some humanized toy vending machine. This Santa is watching…. this Santa may be sad because of children who are sick or cold or hurting? I dunno, pretty deep stuff for piece of wood picked up off the ground!

And he could indeed be a wood spirit, but I’ve always wondered at the similarity between a lot of carvings. My theory is that it’s all in the accessories! If I had carved him with a Santa hat, you would easily make the connection, sad or not. Throw in a few leaves, and he’s a green man….point the ears an he’s an elf…..point the hat and he’s a gnome…...cowboy hat means cowboy…....fur cap equals mountain man…...hillbilly hat and he’s from the Ozarks. Just imagine this carving with all those different items and you’ll see what I’m thinking. I think I really only designated this as a Santa because….maybe his face isn’t quite so gaunt? Don’y really know, but if someone buys it, they can call it whatever they want to! I can certainly be flexible!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 06:01 PM

yea mike that is a great explanation and to read your intent and your interpretation is excellent, i think you should have posted all of that with the original post…as it really explains well what your intentions were on this carving….and i really like that also…and i agree with the different moods or how you wanted this Santa to be portrayed…like i said before your an excellent carver, talent out of the house…i looked at your other carvings and saw you had done some that were more jolly looking, so i knew something had to be up with what you were doing here….bravo…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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