I will not be at the Shoal Creek Harvest Festival this Saturday.
I will be at the Linden Woods Craft Fair on Saturday 10/12/19, from 10am - 2pm.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Just finished up this commission piece. Painted with acrylic washes. Followed with two light coats of water-based polyurethane, and a coat of Howard's Feed N Wax. I'm really happy with how he turned out! Now he's heading to sunny California.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
A strong storm came through, on August 16, and tore the heck out of our tulip poplar tree. It took the roof off a church a couple miles north of us. So we're feeling lucky that the tree missed our house, garage and shed. Even missed the small pear tree. I had two separate arborists come out and look at it, they think it can make it with the damage it sustained. The tree crew come in today and cleaned it up, and thinned it out. Of course I got some carving wood out of it. I peeled the bark and sealed the ends of these large logs with Anchor Seal. I will put them in the attic of the garage to dry. I've also put up some small ones for some walking sticks, small carvings and ornaments. Not sure what these logs are hiding, but I have a few years before the will be ready to carve.
Friday, August 2, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Found this Green Man hiding in a large piece of cottonwood bark from North Dakota. This is a nice solid piece of bark 5" wide and 3" thick. I start all bark carvings the same way, removing loose material where I plan to carve. I leave a natural area on both ends. Most of my carvings develop as I carve. I start with an idea and follow the wood where it takes me. I paint the eyes on a few of my bark carvings, mostly green men. It really makes the carving come to life. This carving was finished with water based polyurethane and it really shows off the beautiful grain. Thanks for following along!