So a hay bale it would be, hopefully. Since I had just received a new shipment, I took a piece of butternut cut it into three pieces and began carving my first hay bale. I was hoping the grain of the butternut might add to the bale. I was not sure at first how many I would carve and how I would set them up so I had three pieces ready. After carving the main detail in I started pondering how I would set the farmer on the hay bale. Due to the multiple cuts to try and give the look of hay I realized he wouldn't have a large area to be secured too. So I decided I would have him inserted into the bale slightly. This would steady him up and to help secure him to the bale. So I took a sheet of paper, traced the outline of the bottom of the carving and transferred the shape to the hale bale. So like a puzzle piece he fit into the bale after a few adjustments.
Now though I was happy with this I thought it was missing something, I kept thinking back to some previous pictures I took of the farmer with a piece of wood behind it. I really liked the way the wood looked with the carving and on a sentimental note that wood came from my grampa's farm, actual pieces from his barn. He was an American farmer and I had great memories of the times spent on his farm. So to bring this together I took a smaller piece of the wood that I have to experiment with. I even used old school techniques in putting the two pieces together. Instead of nails or screws I drilled three holes and used wood dowels to secure the two pieces and all of a sudden I had a base. The finishing touches were more sentimental in nature. I have a piece of wood from my grampa's farm that had his brand for his cattle burned into the wood. So I replicated his brand into the board behind the farmer. I think it gave the old wood that little extra authenticity that makes this one special to me. Sometimes we carve for others, sometimes we carve for future sales and sometimes a carving is simply for ourselves beyond the joy of carving. That is the case with this one. I have a few little extras that I will try to incorporate in the next few days, but if I do nothing else to it, I am happy with this one, very much so.
as always happy trails
Carpe diem 4 carving