Friday, October 29, 2010
One of my carving friends carved ornaments out of cottonwood bark one year to give away. It's a good way to use small pieces of bark. This one is five inches long. The back is hollowed out. I used a razortip burner to make the board lines, nail holes, and some texture on the rocks and around the windows. The dark area on the right side is the outside of the bark. It has a flat bottom so it can stand on it's own. As you carve into the bark you get these beautiful colors from the different layers. I use Deft to protect the wood and it brings out the rich colors. The bark is from dead trees so there is no danger to the tree.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This was an interesting carving to do because of the steps I went through. I cut the outside perimeter with a band saw, then cut both ends off. Then cutting through the side I cut out the center. I glued the cut on the side together and then carved out the inside. I glued the bottom piece back on and carved the outside. The top stem is carved and then glued to the top end that I cut off. I also cut a piece from the part cut out of the inside and glued it to the bottom of the lid. Then I finished carving the pumpkin and it was painted. This is basically a band saw box. I added a battery candle inside and now I'm ready for Halloween.
Friday, October 15, 2010
My eagle plaque carving is only 5 inches long and 3/8 inch thick. I have it hanging in the motor home. That is abalone glued in the center. It is cut from the abalone shell of a sail. The shells come in many different colors depending on what the snails eat. The lucky person is who gets to eat the snail and then make a piece of jewelery out of the shell.