Friday, July 25, 2014

Primitive Bird Relief

A commissioned piece I just completed. I usually don't do relief carvings, but this was requested by my drawing instructor. She is also a great painter, so I suggested a barter. A carving for one of her paintings. I delivered this to her yesterday, and she loved it. I will post the painting when I receive it. The bird was a design she found in an old church being demolished. The corner trim on the door frames are usually rosettes, this one had birds. She tried to purchase one, but all the wood was sold. She was allowed to make a mold, and from that a plaster casting. I worked from the casting and her drawing with a few minor changes. The wood is butternut approximately 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" and 7/8" thick. Sealed with several light coats Deft lacquer and a coat of Howard's Feed 'N' Wax.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Clay Sculpting Class

Just finished a two and a half day clay sculpting class with instructor Mark Sampsel. He's a great instructor and sculptor. We started by building bone structure, then muscle, flesh and finally hair. I didn't complete it, but will finish at home. I learned a lot from this class and believe it will make me a better carver / sculptor. I encourage fellow carvers if you get a chance you should take a class.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Native American Bust Part 5

Finally got some time to carve, I've been busy working in the garden and yard. So I get back to my new Native American. In the these photos I finish up the eyes. I use a small veiner and gouge to outline the iris and a small glint of light in the eye. I then carve up to the stop cuts lowering the iris. Then using a wood burner I darken that area. I really like the dramatic look this creates. I also burned the bear claws. Still have some clean up to do and then decide on a finish.