Thursday, June 8, 2017

pilot carving fini

So the carving is fini, painted finish applied cigarette lit. This one was a bit different for me as I love to paint so all my carvings get color applied. Yet from the other day I pondered should I leave some paint off and see how he might come out? My good friend Dwayne has always encouraged me to leave it without paint when carving butternut, to no avail. My wife has also said she likes the look of the wood carved without paint, to no avail. She always leaves the final verdict up to me as these represent me. Yet this one she once again said she thought he looked fine with minimal paint, so I applied just a bit more and here he is.

What do you think, butternut carvings, do you like them with more or less paint? 

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pilot carving pt II

So as I was playing around with how I would paint the eyes I started pondering if he was a smoker and low and behold he was. Thought this guy looked like he was having a cigarette as he waited for the weather to clear so he could head out on his latest mission. So I have now carved and painted him a cigarette and then painted the eyes as these were a big piece of the puzzle to make this carving come together.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Pilot spinner :)

Just having a little fun with my latest carving and my spinner. Who says carvers don't have a sense of humor.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

carving knife

So I finally got around to carving one of my patterns out of my book. I had to make some modifications because at first he had a big smile on his face and why would he be smiling he just broke the tip of his blade? I probably should have removed the teeth as they still seem to give him a happy expression but I will do that on the next one. I also wasn't paying great attention to the blades direction when I carved him so if you look real close you will see the angle of the blade is a bit off from the angle of the face, I simply took more cuts from one side than the other and in turn changed the direction of the blade ever so slightly.

Overall I am happy with the end result but I will re-carve this one and make the said changes/corrections and see how he comes out. For those interested in carving this pattern go to Amazon and order my pattern book Cartoons 2 Carving: Making the transition from paper to wood. There is a great set of progression photos from award winning carver Tony Harris on this carving. The carving in the last photo of the two knives shows Tony's finished version. His is the larger one clinching his teeth.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

new addition

So yesterday I received a wonderful gift in the mail, a hillbilly carving from Mark Akers. This is not just any hillbilly carving, this is the hillbilly from my very first pattern book, "Cartoons 2 Carvings: making the transition from paper to wood". Mark was gracious enough to not only carve the pattern but he also took photographs of his progression while carving. But as if this were not enough look at the mini crate he built to ship this guy due to the pipe and more then that the burnt match he's holding in the other hand. He could have placed him in a box and filled it with peanuts and the carving could have made it all the way with no issue to the match stick, but that doesn't match Marks character. 

On a carving note, the boulders are carved solid from the piece of wood that forms the base, and there is a piece of felt under the wood that forms the base. Wonderful craftsmanship all the way around, I am honored to own this wonderful carving and beyond that to call him my mentor and my friend.

Please take a moment and visit his carver's page and check out all his carvings and rough-outs. I don't believe either of these Santas have been posted on his page but I do believe he does have some available for purchase. 

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"