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 mountain man, and both were carved from the same roughout. The cost for the seminar was only $45 and these roughouts were $12 each. What a deal! The club had a good turnout and everyone had a great time. Roger is a good instructor and gave me some really good advice for improving my work. (Roger's website). I managed to get the Santa mostly completed. I still need to burn it, clean up some details, and paint it, but I am pleased with how it turned out. It is the same roughout as the other carving, but you start by carving the brim of the hat off and changing one of the ears into the ball on the cap. The eyes, nose, mouth, and mustache are also carved differently, and it was fun to add other little details to make it look nice. I am anxious to get to work on the other one now! Thanks for looking!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com