Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Snowman Christmas Ornament

Here's fairly easy and cute ornament for the holidays. It is from a pattern by Betty Padden. I even used her painting technique. The painting actual makes the carving. These step by step photos are self explanatory. I start with a 1"x 1" by 6" basswood block. I used a knife and a v-tool. I painted the ornament with acrylics and sealed it with a coat of matte varnish.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Club Carve-In October 2017

Northland Woodcarvers club recently held a carve-in at the Claycomo Mid-Continent Library. Seven members were at the carve-in on Saturday. We had a good time demonstrating and answering visitors questions. Also, met a few potential new members. Carve-In demonstrations are a great way to grow your club. We find there are people interested in woodcarving, but don't know where to start. Our club demonstrates at the local nature sanctuary once a month, and usually two libraries a year.




Friday, October 6, 2017

I carved another Santa rolling pin. This vintage pin is pine, and was a little easier to carve than the first three. These are for display only and seem to be a good seller. I sold two the first day I posted them. I used thinned acrylic paints and sealed with polyurethane.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Walnut Greenman

This one has been on the carving bench for a long time. I started on him in July while at Shoal Creek. I've worked on him off and on between other projects. I finished him with a coat of polyurethane, wiping off the excess before drying. I'm pretty happy with how he turned out.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Started a new Christmas project. This is a pretty simple carving from half of a basswood log. I plan on leaving the bark at the bottom for a rustic look. I think it will look good on a mantle or next to a fire place.

Santa Claus Vintage Rolling Pins

Finished up the first of this year's Christmas carvings. I tried something different this year, rolling pins. I picked these vintage pins up at an antique store. These are my first attempts at carving rolling pins. They are definitely hard wood. I used thinned acrylic paints and sealed with polyurethane.

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