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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Access Art Event 2017

Had a great time promoting woodcarving during the Access Art Event yesterday at the Woodneath Library Met with a lot of people, and maybe  recruited a couple new club members. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kansas City Show 2017

I had a good time at the show, even though I was fighting a cold. I received two 'Best of Group' awards and a 'Second Best of Group' award. Also sold a carving. This is the first year our club had a table at the show. Here are a few photos.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I decided to try something different with this carving. I carve a lot of Native Americans, mountain men, wood spirits, gnomes and Santas, but I have never carved a viking. I started by doing a rough sketch and sizing it to the block of catalpa I have on hand. I apply the pattern on the wood with spray adhesive, and cut out with the band saw. Now it's time to start removing wood.

Friday, February 24, 2017

New Cottonwood Bark Carvings

A couple new bark carvings. I tried a new finish, boot cream polish. It does not darken the bark, but seems to seal it well.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Finished up Wally with a light coat of polyurethane. He is carved from walnut and measures 14 1/2" long, 4" wide and 3" thick.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Update On the Walnut Wood Spirit

Gave the new guy a haircut and beard trim, with the band saw. Then back to more mallet work to shape the flow of the hair.