I was asked to repair a wooden Christmas ornament for a friend. It had a date of 1984 on the bottom, but no name of the carver. As you can see the little bear had a broken ear. I started by trimming off what was left of the ear. Carving a small piece, like the ear, is hard to hold. So I start the carving on a larger piece of 1/2" stock. I use a pin vise to drill a 5/64" hole in the bottom. I then round and shape the back and front of the ear, eventually meeting in the center and freeing the ear from the board. I cut a small brad and insert into the hole in the bottom of the ear with only the point of the brad protruding. I align the ear and use the point on the brad to mark where I will drill into the head. Once again using a pin vise and the 5/64" bit, I drill the hole in the head. I cut a longer piece of the brad and dry fit the ear. When I am happy with and depth of the holes, I mix up two part epoxy and fill both holes. I attach the ear and hold in place for five minutes. The steel brad and epoxy insure a strong joint. This ear will not break again, at least not at that joint. I let it set over night before matching up the paint.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
Here is my latest Santa rolling pin. This vintage rolling pin is bird's eye maple, and the hardest to carve so far. These are for display only and are a hot seller. I finished this one the same way, using thinned acrylic paints and sealing with polyurethane.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
I started this guy in September, finally got around to finishing him up. He is carved from a basswood half log. He stands 16" tall and is 9" wide at the base. The wife claimed this one, so he is staying here.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
I haven't posted in a while, I am carving Christmas gifts and don't want family members to sneak a peek. I have been carving some for sales, and here are a few. These are carved from cottonwood bark and painted with thinned acrylics sealed with matte polyurethane.
Friday, November 24, 2017
This was our first time selling at this event. It is held at one of the local high schools and had over 150 vendors. All the vendors had to sell only handcrafted items, which was nice. The place was packed all day long and sales were great. We will definitely be back next year.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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.