Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our house to yours!
Friday, December 20, 2013
Just finished this Santa, carved from basswood and mounted on a cherry base. He stands 8" tall including the base. This is my final Christmas carving for this year. I carved two Santas, twenty-three ornaments and the nativity. Now it's time to move on to something new.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Here is my first Santa for the 2013 season. Tried something different on this one, a thin wash on the fur and painted eyes. Then, several light coats of Deft lacquer and a coat of Howard's Feed 'N' Wax. I think I like the natural wood. He is carved from basswood and standing on a cherry base. Overall height 11 1/2". Comments welcome.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Jeremiah was purchased and left today for his new home in Yuma, Arizona. Which is ironic, considering I purchased the bark to create Jeremiah from a supplier in Cottonwood, Arizona. Kind of like he's going home.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Been a while since I've posted, been busy with yard work and clearing the garden and getting it ready for winter. Finally got back to working on the Nativity. Here is the first of two shepherds. Carved from butternut and finished with Deft Satin, he stand 5 1/2" tall.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Here is the third king of the Magi. I took more progression pictures to better show the carving process.
|Wow! Beautiful grain!|
|I start out by transferring the pattern to a piece of butternut and cutting out the blank on a band saw.|
|I removed wood from the sides of the head face.|
|Next I begin to remove wood from under the arms and taper the forearms and hands.|
|Back view showing wood removed from under arms.|
|I cut in the sleeves and begin to remove the wood between.|
|I begin to round off the body shoulders and head wrap.|
|Rough in the crown.|
|Create folds in the head wrap and bottom of the robe.|
|Remove the wood from the back and sides of the frankincense holder.|
|Carve the details of hands, face and crown, and begin sanding.|
|Finished sanding and profiling with 80 grit.|
|Continue sanding switching to 150 grit .|