Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Angel for the Nativity

If you follow my blog, you might remember I starting carving the Nativity a couple of years ago. I still have not carved any animals. But, I did carve the angel this year. I mentioned in a earlier post that I paint most Christmas carvings. Most, not this one. The angel is carved from butternut and finished with several light coats of lacquer. I prefer lacquer instead of polyurethane. Lacquer actually builds up one layer, whereas poly creates multiple layers with each coat. Poly also yellows over time.

Christmas Ornaments for 2015

I carved these Christmas ornaments from basswood. I don't paint most carvings. I make an exception for most Christmas carvings. I carved fourteen of the Santa light bulbs and ten Santa and snowman lapel pins.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Carver's Quilt

Our carving group presented this quilt for our friends at Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary at our Club's Christmas dinner.We set up at the nature center every month to display our carvings and demonstrate our techniques. We have gained a few new members, and have brought in new visitors to the center. A win win for both of us.

Everyone started with a predrilled 4" x 4" x 1/2" basswood square. They then carved, burned or painted whatever they chose. One rule, it had to pertain to nature. All the squares were then laced together with leather to create a great wall hanging.

Everyone done a great job, and our friends loved it!