Friday, April 29, 2011


Spending time in the woodland it is hard not to notice the chatter of chipmunks. They range in color from gray to red. Chipmunks lives underground. They prefor to burrow near a rock, log or other object. The chipmunk will continue to dig for it's entire life. Burrows have been found over thirty feet long. Chipmunks feed on insects, nuts, seeds, berries and grain, which they stuff into their generous cheek pouches and carry to their burrow or nest to store. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip into their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Big Eyed Fish

This is a comic fish if you can't tell. It may have come up from deep in the sea. I carved two different fish with the same pattern in cottonwood bark. I didn't sand them so they show the tool marks. My hope was it added a scale  look, plus I don't like sanding.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Low Flyer

This time of year we have a migration of geese, ducks, and swans through our area. This is the first time I attempted a project in pyrography like this Mallard Drake. It was a woodburning with a variable temperature tool and a writing tip on basswood. I burned in curved lines, dash strokes. dots, and scrubby lines. The colored work was with watercolor pencils. I used pencil kit so the colors might not be exactly right. Some area's have several color layers.Temperature control and line techniques take a lot of practice.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lady Praying

This is a small simple carving of a lady praying. It's carved out of butternut with a natural finish. Butternut is easy to carve and it works well with this type of carving.