Rain and cool temps kept most of the visitors away. But the 100 diehards who did come out were treated to great enthusiasm from the re-enactors and volunteers in the town. It's a great bunch of people that make the town come to life, and I enjoy every event I attend. Hopefully September will bring better weather. If you have never been to our fine town, you don't know what you are missing! shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Another great day at Shoal Creek with 638 spectators attending. Thanks to all the volunteers and reenactors for all they do to put on this event. We celebrated the 4th of July and the veterans coming home after the Civil War. I carved on a piece of walnut from the firewood pile. Didn't get too far on this one. The cabin I'm in doubled as the bank this month, and wouldn't you know it, it was robbed! Yep, the James gang was in town, took all the money and left one of our citizens lying dead in the street. If you haven't been out yet, there are two more chances this summer.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Here is my new wood spirit.. This is the first time I have carved hackbery. It is a hard wood and carved with mallet and chisels. I took down a hackberry tree on my property, so I will be carving more. I think I like the yellow color. It still amazes me how the carving comes to life when I finish the eyes. Burning the iris really has a dramatic effect. He is sealed with a light coat of polyurethane
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Well. it turns out the kids at Shoal Creek were right. Santa Claus was hiding in this cedar log. I finished him with a light coat of polyurethane. Now on tho the next one. I had a hackberry tree cut down on my property, think I'll try a piece of it.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Another season at Shoal Creek Living History Museum has begun. These events are always a lot of fun. The volunteers and re-enactors make this a great event. I get a chance to meet and talk to an enormous amount of people. I started a 'new project' at the event, not sure where it was going. But, an unscientific poll among the kids attending, concluded it is a Santa Claus carving. Time will tell. Here are a few photos, hope you enjoy.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Viking is done, and is settling into his new home. I applied a satin polyurethane to seal without creating a lot of shine. I'm happy with how he turned out and so are the new owners. He sold while I was still carving him.