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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Walnut Wood Spirit

I started a new carving yesterday, in walnut. If you have never carved walnut, let me tell you it is hard. It is all mallet and chisel work, so far.


Meet Knothead, he is carved from a half log of catalpa. He measures 15 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3".  I finished him by applying a liberal coat of polyurethane, and wiping off the excess with paper towels. I used a small dry brush to remove the excess in small areas where the polyurethane would pool. This allows a nice finish without the shine.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wood Spirit in Catalpa

Started a new wood spirit this week. This one is carved from a half log of catalpa. Still a lot of work to do on this one.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Cedar Woodspirit

This guy started out as half of a log of cedar. I started on him last October while demonstrating  at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. Finally got around to finishing him. He measures 13" by 7" x 4" thick. I applied one coat of polyurethane and wiped off the excess.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mountain Man

Carved from cottonwood bark, this guy measures 16" long and 3" - 4 1/2" wide. I used thinned acrylic paint on the eyes, and sealed the carving with Deft lacquer.