Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hackberry Wood Spirit

Here is my new wood spirit.. This is the first time I have carved hackbery. It is a hard wood and carved with mallet and chisels.  I took down a hackberry tree on my property, so I will be carving more. I think I like the yellow color. It still amazes me how the carving comes to life when I finish the eyes. Burning the iris really has a dramatic effect. He is sealed with a light coat of polyurethane

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shoal Creek June 2017

Another great day at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. It was hot, humid and not much of a breeze on Saturday, but still had a good time talking with the visitors. I started a new carving from a piece of hackberry.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cedar Log Santa

Well. it turns out the kids at Shoal Creek were right. Santa Claus was hiding in this cedar log. I finished him with a light coat of polyurethane. Now on tho the next one. I had a hackberry tree cut down on my property, think I'll try a piece of it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shoal Creek May 2017

Another season at Shoal Creek Living History Museum has begun. These events are always a lot of fun. The volunteers and re-enactors make this a great event. I get a chance to meet and talk to an enormous amount of people. I started a 'new project' at the event, not sure where it was going. But, an unscientific poll among the kids attending, concluded it is a Santa Claus carving. Time will tell. Here are a few photos, hope you enjoy.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Viking Final Update

The Viking is done, and is settling into his new home. I applied a satin polyurethane to seal without creating a lot of shine. I'm happy with how he turned out and so are the new owners. He sold while I was still carving him.

Monday, April 24, 2017

More Progress on the Viking

At this point, I have begun to shape the base. I think it is still too wide, so I'll take more off the sides. I have added some detail to the face, hair and beard.Still need to add a leather tie at the end of the braid. I've tapered the chest and shoulder and need to carve the leather breastplate. Stay tuned.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Viking Update

It has been a busy spring, but I finally found some time to work on my newest carving. I think he is shaping up nice, but still a long way to go.