Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pine Cone Ornament

This pine cone ornament is carved out of basswood.  Pine cones come in male and female varieties. The male cone is usually no more than two inches long and lives only a few months in the spring or the autumn. After it releases it's pollen, the male cone falls off the tree. The pollen travels by wind to the larger female cone. After pollination, the female cone takes one to three years to mature. The seeds release in several different ways depending on the type of tree.
I added snow and a small cardinal to the bark house ornament that was on the Nov. 14 post. I think it added a little to the look of the house. The cardinal was bought from a craft store.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I carved this hobo from a pattern in Woodcarving Illustrated. It has so many angles on the clothing, it made it a challenge to carve. The start of the hobo's began at the end of the civil war. With the network of trains it was easy to travel around the country. They traveled for harvest times, for farm work and sometimes just for a meal. They liked their independence and story telling around the campfires. During the war a lot of them joined the army so their numbers were greatly reduced.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bark House Ornament

At our club a few of us joined in carving these small bark ornaments last Saturday. The back isn't opened up so I decided to carve in windows and boards on the front and back. It makes an interesting ornament out of a small piece of bark. I burned in the boards and around the windows. I'm thinking I should add a little snow to the roof since it is winter. It's 4 1/2 inches tall and 3/4 inch thick.

Back view
Front view
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Santa Ornament in Bark

I'm still carving ornaments for Christmas gifts. I have 5 more to go. Meanwhile I carved this santa ornament in cottonwood bark. The grain of the bark is with the face, so the nose wouldn't break off. This is a good project for bark because of the simple design. The swirled hat added to the design and was fun to carve. It's a no see um because the eyes are covered by the hat. The finish is a coating of semi-gloss Deft for a natural look. It was a design by Dave Francis who lives in Canada.