Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Creede Woodcarving Rendezvous

Last week I traveled to Creede, Co. to teach at the annual Creed Woodcarving Rendezvous.  What a great time!  I've heard about Creede for many years and I'm so glad that I finally submitted an application to teach there. 

Creede is a beautiful historic mining town surrounded by high peaks of the Rocky Mountains.  The organizing committee did a wonderful job of providing classes in a variety of carving techniques, a vendor area, and food right on the carving site. The event is held in the Creede Community Center which is underground in a mine shaft.  Several of the classes and the vendor area were also in the mine shafts.

I taught for 3 days with rotating students.  This teaching format is different than what I usually offer but it worked out good and gave me an opportunity to meet more carvers.  Several students were in class all 3 days, others just 1 or 2. 

View from the Community Center

 Dwight carved the Trail Boss

 Mother and son, Melodie and Rode are beginners and did a good job on Skeeter and Buzz.

 You may recognize these Okies as Phil & Vicki Bishop who carved with me for 3 days. After class they followed us home for a few days visit at our cabin.

 Tom and Alan busy at work on Old Timer and Gramps.

 Jim is a fisherman and enjoyed carving Skeeter.

 Bev joined our class for 1 day and carved Darrel.

 Husband and wife, Marlon and Kathy carved Ol Buck and the Christmas Bear.

Sign up for next year's event HERE and don't forget to make hotel reservations early as there are only a few hotels in town.  If you have an RV there are several campgrounds within an easy distance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Finished Projects

This last week has been cold and rainy here, in fact, I even got snowed on.  The only good thing about bad weather in the spring is it gives you an excuse to stay in the studio instead of doing yard work.

I took full advantage of this and painted my last two carving projects, Winter Santa and Darrel.  They have nothing to do with each other but both were fun to carve.

Even though the title of this post is "finished" projects, here's St. Nick, carved and ready for painting.  I'm thinking this could be either a refrigerator magnet or a great ornament for the Christmas tree.

Rough-outs for Darrel and Winter Santa will be on my website in about a week along with cutouts for St. Nick.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The "Darrel" Family

Here's a fun project that can be finished quickly.  This is Darrel, you know, Darrel's other brother, not his cousin, Darrel.  He is 7" tall and rough-outs will be available on my website in a few weeks.  

Of course, this rough-out could be changed a bit to make him into Darrel's cowboy cousin and I have a few ideas for more Darrel family members from the same rough-out.

I'll post again when he's all painted and on my website.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Just 7 Months Till Christmas

If you're like me, you work on Christmas projects all year long.  I've already scheduled a Christmas carving class in early December, so I need some new designs.  I just finished this new Santa and plan to start painting this weekend.  Santa is 10" tall with Christmas trees showing under his robe, a cardinal in one hand and holding a lantern.  Sorry my photo doesn't show the candle in the lantern....but believe me, it's there.

As soon as I get the painting finished, rough-outs will be available on my website.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sculpting Class

 Last week I taught a 2-day class at Treeline in Provo.  The class was designed to teach how to create a design in clay that could be used as a model for a wood carving project.

 In the above photo I'm giving Brandon some tips on creating his model and he did a great job.  His model was taken from a photo of his son playing basketball.

Mary Dame kept busy sculpting 2 great blue herons that she plans to place in a marsh scene with cattails, reeds and lily pads. 

When the sculptures were complete I talked about how to make a paper pattern from the design to be used for a band saw cut-out.

All the students displayed their creativity in designing a model and were excited about learning how to make their own designs.  I can't wait to see their finished projects.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Training

I finished this carving  just in time for the start of Spring Training.  This is my original design that I've been working on for a few months.  I've had them carved for a while, but it took me a couple of months to sit down and get them painted.

 In this photo you can see the catcher doesn't like anyone crowding home plate and he's signaling the target to the pitcher.

The catcher's evil little smile tells you he's going to teach this guy a lesson.  The face mask was carved separately and attached after painting.

The batter is determined that he's going to hit a homer, but he's in for a big surprise.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Granny's Pew

Two weeks ago, Chris Hammack taught a two day class here in my studio.  Ten of us spent the time laughing at Chris' jokes and trying to learn his unique carving style.  He brought a lot of rough-outs to choose class projects from and he encouraged me to carve this scene from band saw cut outs.  These figures were a challenge to carve because of all the movement and angles in each caricature.  They are bending, twisting and leaning in different directions to get away from Granny's Pew here on Granny's Pew.

After carving all the figures, I got the bench made and now its off to painting.  Hopefully, I can show you the finished project "soon" .