Sunday, January 27, 2013

Classic European Woman

I wanted to try carve something I haven't done in the past. I have been a fan of Ian Norbury and his wood sculpting. This is a female bust from his book. I used a piece of basswood I had, so the bust is 6 inches tall. This type of subject has to be well sanded so it won't show carve marks when held in different light sources.  The wood flaw didn't show until I stared carving the face. I was lucky it was at the side of the eye and not in the middle of the eye. The pictures were taken at a little angle, so the face is a little longer on the actual carving. Ian goes into taking photographs of the model for an actual guide for your carving pattern.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Joe Black

On this snowy day a good cup of coffee tastes good. When I was a kid our family would visit my great uncles. They were two bachelors who made their living trapping and with a few milk cows. During those visits coffee would be served. I remember my uncles with a sugar cube between their teeth and sipping hot coffee from a saucer. There also was cinnamon toast which was good for dunking in the coffee. Today we drink our coffee from mugs, and I do like to dunk my cookies in the coffee. This carving is from a Chris Hammack roughout, 3 1/2 inches tall.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Holly Spoon

I really like this spoon design for the holidays, I carved it from a carving magazine. It is 10 inches long and is carved on both sides. This colorful spoon will be a welcome decoration for our family Christmas seasons.