Tuesday, March 14, 2017

carving with Tony

 So recently Tony Harris and I had another opportunity to work on a joint carving together. Tony had recently seen some cowboys I had carved and said I know our next project should be. I carve a lot of my carvings in butternut and after our last project was in Butternut Tony made an order and told me our next would be as well.

Tony is an extremely talented carver and he sets up a carving beautifully, something I am still striving to learn and master. This is part of the joy of doing a joint carving. It allows you to see how another carver approaches a carving opposed to how you might.

As you can see he set up a wonderful carving and all I had to do was to carve in a face without messing it up and then paint him. This is such a fun project to do with a fellow carver, to see both carvers styles blend into one carving is awesome. And if I don't mind saying so myself I think Tony and my style end up making a fun carving in the end.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Saturday, March 4, 2017

how I sketch

Many may have noticed the little lad on my page wishing everyone a Happy Saint Patty's day, you know the one with no arms and no feet. He was a sketch back when working on designs for characters for my book. I never explored him very far but liked the bit I had done so one evening when I had no agenda for the night I decided I would paint him up in water color. Down the road I may revisit him but for now I like the portion I did and am happy with the results.

The hillbilly in my pattern book and seen on the front cover started out the same as my Irish gent, just a quick sketch on a scrap piece of paper. Once I started gathering the ones together that I thought people might want to carve I then began completing the cartoons I thought I might want in the book.

I have a full collection of sketches of half developed characters and one day I will get back to each and every one. Many of my characters I want to see carved into wood one day and the others I want to see painted in water color. After all I still want to do a coffee table book of my life based on my cartoons and how they and I have improved over time. At least they have.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Monday, February 20, 2017

my first book

Did I mention I have a new book out? It's a pattern book for wood carvers, my first ever published piece.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

hat's off to the cowboy

Many times as a wood carver we have a set design in mind when in the process of carving down to every last detail. Most times for me it's a simple I am going to carve a; and away I go. Sometimes we have as we are carving the carving changes, maybe we don't like the direction the carving is headed in or maybe half way through we realize we were looking or thinking it all wrong and modify where we were headed.

Sometimes it takes an act of God, or simply a clumsy carver, who mumps the drawing table and down goes the cowboy. A few times mind, just a few, this very same clumsy carver bumps the same said table numerous times or moves it while the carving is standing up and down he goes.

Well one of the times that this cowboy went down the brim of his hat broke and so the decision needed to be made. My first inkling was to carve the brim to match on both sides and so I did. You may have noticed that there are no images of this effort, yes it look so ridiculous that I wouldn't take a picture of him that way.

So now there is nothing left to do but simply remove the hat. At this point the only other question was did I have enough wood up there to do something with it, well luckily I did and now he is possibly one of my favorite carvings to date. There was a song that the main lyric was,

"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone"

I would say no truer words were spoken I had no idea what I had till the hat was gone. 

and then there were three again

 as always, 
"Good Night and May God bless"

Sunday, February 19, 2017

and then there were three

Well things here are jumping lately got three carvings done recently the first was the old gent on the left then followed that up with the cowboy on the right. The third in the final picture is the unpainted cowboy on the left, he has a whole story all his own so today, let's just focus on the first two.

The gent in the top hat is a re-visited design that I thought I would tweak a little and see if I could improve upon the original. The cowboy is my second of this kind and I just wanted as the previous just to give it another go. These were both carved on a corner block piece of butternut, the same wood I utilize with the carving of my ornaments. The main difference is many of my ornaments are 4" long and these pieces are 6" long to give me more to work with for detailing. I am pleased with the design aspect of the cowboy as I feel he has enough detail to tell the story but I have left out enough to not make him an larger piece than I was hoping for. No sooner was the cowboy carved and painted he was sold to a good friend who seems determined to own all my designs in regard to my carvings.

as I say the third cowboy has a story all his own and i will share his story in the next posting.

as always,
 "Good night and May God bless"