|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 05-13-2011 03:55 PM||2006 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
I do my carving in an alley behind a friend’s garage. People walk by and stop to talk sometimes, mostly the homeless and semi-homeless. One day a guy from an hour south was out walking while his wife was at the nearby doctor’s office and he took an interest. He was wearing this old cowboy hat that looked like it been buried in the stall for a spell and he had one of those double barrel laughs that travels a few blocks.
Anyways… he said he had a horse and would I make him a horse spoon. I told him I can’t draw a horse and I never tried to carve one, but that I would give it a go and if it came out looking cartoon-ish he wouldn’t be obliged to purchase it and I would just add it to my collection.
He is not up this way for a couple of weeks but I called him to let him know I was done with it (aka quitting). I told him that my wife thinks it looks like a Sea horse, I think it looks like a lama and it is supposed to be a horse, so he’d be getting three animals for the price of one. He let out one of those huge laughs over the phone, although a bit of a nervous one.
The idea was to have the saddle become the spoon bowl, which didn’t really pan out too well. I would do the mane over again and make it more subtle. I kind of think I can get a more realistic head on the horse but for the agreed price it doesn’t merit the extra time. It’s maple.
I’ve had this computer desk since last century that I’ve moved around, stored and lately it has been disassembled in a closet. So I got to playing with a couple of the side panels… just taking a burr and grinding through the black laminate. Blue Bill was carved from one piece of the mdf and attached to another panel. I started with markers but most of those were dried up so I smeared paint and wiped off the excess. He reminds me a bit of Mr. Bill from SNL.
The ‘Recircled’ Desk was done similarly but the brown is just rosewood stain and the blue is from blue and beige pigment mixed in a polyurethane.
Thanks for having a look.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)