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"

Sunday, April 23, 2017

even more on Amazon

A while back I created a t-shirt for wood carvers through Teespring's and it is now available on Amazon. What fun, a book and now a t-shirt and hopefully soon as I just published it today, a coffee mug from this design. Until the mug makes it's way to Amazon you can find the mug onthe Teespring page.





as always, 

"Good Night and May God bless"

hat-less cowboy pt fini


video

He is now done sealant and all, though I tried a new technique and am not as happy with it as I had hoped for. I will be doing some research on different techniques in finishing carvings as I want my cowboys to have a softer look to them. This finish works great for my Christmas ornaments but not as well (in my mind) with my cowboys and other characters. Always some new process or technique to learn.

as always, 
"Good Night and May God bless" 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

hat-less cowboy pt 2


Well he's all painted up and awaiting sealant. I may dip him or I may try the spray finish to compare the two. With my carvings in butternut I always like the way dipping them in Polycrylic highlights the grain of the wood. Many are not fond of the shiny finish on these but a lot of my carvings are Christmas ornaments and I like the way they gently reflect the lights from the tree.


This gentleman is carved from the same corner block piece of butternut that I carve my ornaments from. These have become popular and most seem to like the design quality of these being that he is missing a few piece to make a full body cowboy, like arms.





as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"