Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cedar Carving Update #1

Spent some time working on my new carving. Started out removing some wood under the chin and beginning to form the neck. Roughed in the mouth. Lay in the mouth with a small gouge, then followed with a v-tool. Rounded the lower lip and separated the lips with a knife. Next, on to the eyes. Began by drawing in the eyes making sure the are on a straight line. Using dividers to keep them the same width and height. Once again, I carve in with a small gouge. Satisfied they are even, I use a detail knife to carve a stop cut under the eyelids. Then rounding the eyeball and removing a small chip from each corner. At this point the face is roughed in and needs some refining before adding detail. But, I think you can see where this is going. Thanks for following.

Friday, July 29, 2016

New Cedar Carving

I've been asked by several people to show more progression steps during my carving. So, here we go. I have been carving a lot of cottonwood bark lately, time to try something different. I have had this cedar log laying around for a long time, let's see what I can find inside it. These photos show that sometimes a carving will start out as one thing and then turn to another. I originally was going to carve an old woodspirit. But now I see an old Native American. Still not sure where it will end up, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Greenman

Here is my newest Greenman. Carved from Arizona cottonwood bark. He measures 16" long, over 5" wide at the widest section and 2 1/2" thick before carving.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shoal Creek July

Had a great time Saturday at Spent the day demonstrating wood carving techniques, answering questions and visiting with guests.Thanks to all who came out. Will be back there in three weeks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shoal Creek July Event

Come on out I will be demonstrating woodcarving, all day, in the carpenter's cabin!
Saturday July 16 is a FREE Family Event. The Shoal Creek re-enactors will bring the village to life with shoot-outs and skits throughout the day. The year will be 1876 with the celebration of the centennial. Gunfighters, Outlaws, Civil War Soldiers and Mountain Men will be roaming the streets. Enjoy family fun activities and historical demonstrations of life in Missouri during the 19th century. RAIN or SHINE

Monday, July 11, 2016

Rustic Christmas Ornaments

What to do in the July heat? Stay in and work on Christmas. Here is the next round of ornaments for this year. Burned on tulip poplar wood slices. Acrylic wash color added to some and finished with danish oil.