Friday, January 27, 2012

Mini House

I carved a couple of houses out of a small pieces of cottonwood bark left over from some other projects. Both are about 2 1/2 inches tall, 3 inches wide and around 2 inches thick. The first house has a lot of detail, with a dormer and side room. The second house is more whimsical with a tree and side room. Both are hollowed out in the back. I took picture from two different angles of each house.

Friday, January 20, 2012


These are two carvings using Girards holiday designs. It's snowing here so the moose is still wearing his holiday garb. A little humor for a winter day when I'm shoveling snow. I did a different eye than the drawing. These are fun to carve and they will capture attention. The kids just love them.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Native American

I carved this American Indian in cottonwood bark. It is 10 inches tall and 3 inches wide. There are a couple minor things I would change, all-though I like the way it turned out. It's not based on any particular tribe. I would like to show some of the features of the different tribes in the future.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Little Folk

For Christmas I received "Whittling Little Folk" by Harley Refsal. I enjoyed carving two of the characters.and will carve some of the others. These are flat plane carvings and are carved with only a knife. Refsal has stories with his characters. Kristian's father emigrated from Norway in the late 1800s and purchased a 160 acre farm. Upon retirement Kristian and Thea deeded this farm to a nature conservancy. It is easy to relate to these Scandinavian stories and to be able to carve in this style. History and stories are always a part in carvings. These are 4 inches tall and a 2 inch square block.