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
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
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
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
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
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.