Saturday, September 23, 2017

Shoal Creek September 2017

Well, another year of First Saturday Events has come to an end. This was my second year volunteering at Shoal Creek Living History Museum and hopefully I'll be back next year. There are still events upcoming for this year, next up is the Harvest Festival. It is October 14th, and I'll be there carving on a a new project. Not sure what it will be yet. In the mean time, here are a few pics from this month's event.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shoal Creek August 2017

Rain and cool temps kept most of the visitors away. But the 100 diehards who did come out were treated to great enthusiasm from the re-enactors and volunteers in the town. It's a great bunch of people that make the town come to life, and I enjoy every event I attend. Hopefully September will bring better weather. If you have never been to our fine town, you don't know what you are missing! shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas Rolling Pins

First try at carving rolling pins. One maple, one red oak and a white oak. All hard as rock. Still need to apply a finish.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Shoal Creek July 2017

Another great day at Shoal Creek with 638 spectators attending. Thanks to all the volunteers and reenactors for all they do to put on this event. We celebrated the 4th of July and the veterans coming home after the Civil War. I carved on a piece of walnut from the firewood pile. Didn't get too far on this one. The cabin I'm in doubled as the bank this month, and wouldn't you know it, it was robbed! Yep, the James gang was in town, took all the money and left one of our citizens lying dead in the street. If you haven't been out yet, there are two more chances this summer. 

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.