Thursday, May 2, 2013
I spent a few days creating a scene for my Tis The Season elves. The scene completes the story.
To create the scene I started by drawing an irregular shape on 1 1/2" basswood and cutting it out on my bandsaw. I used my long tools and mallet to carve the contours in the snow and carved the rocks along the edge with a knife and v-tool. The signpost is just a piece of scrap basswood and I wood burned the place names on popsicle sticks.
Remember, snow isn't white. First, paint the base with a light wash of ultramarine blue. Next, thin down titanium white with just a bit of water so the blue will show through. Paint the rocks "rock colors", dark burnt umber with highlights of raw sienna and dry brush with titanium white. I used a router to cut the base from mahogany and glued the 2 layers together.
This is a fun project and will add a special touch to your holiday decorations. The individual elves are available at Dale Green Woodcarving and I will soon add a tutorial to this blog on carving the gift Shorty is standing on.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I just finished carving these 3 little elves announcing "Tis the Season". You may want to change their message or add the names of your family members to the signs they are holding. I have the rough-outs for sale on my website either individually, or a discount is offered if you order all 3.
The center elf, Shorty, is standing on a gift box that is not included with the rough-out but easily carved from a piece of scrap wood.
Now that the figures are finished, I'm carving a scene to mount them on. Check back in a few days and I will have a photo of it posted.
In the meantime, you can see my newly designed Dale Green Wood Carving website.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This little 8" bell ringer Gnome is ready to ring in the season. He is going to be joined by more elves and gnomes that are in the works.
Rough-outs for the Bell Ringer will be available in a few weeks on my website or you can reserve yours now by contacting me.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
My wife, Kerry provided lunch for the gang both days, with hot meals and fresh home made cookies, she was a hit. Several of the guys commented that they only came for the lunch and carving was second.
We plan to have Chris back next year, as he promised more figures for the bar scene and some new full figures as well.
Monday, January 28, 2013
I going to try something new this year for carvers interested in making a completed scene. We will take one Saturday each month and spend the whole day carving. Starting with the elves, which will take four classes to complete, three for carving and one day for painting. We'll then focus on the scene, starting with the base, this will take another Saturday. The remaining two Saturdays will be spent painting and attaching the pieces to the base. Each student will select what they want on their scene.
So, by the end of November , each student will have a complete Christmas scene to show off to everyone who visits for Christmas. This would also make one heck of a gift for someone special.
I will be sending out a schedule for the class sometime in the next month or so. It will have to start no later than May for everyone to get it done before Christmas.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
There is only 1 seat left in class so don't wait to contact me at 801-503-8754 if you would like to join us for 2 days of carving and lots of laughs.
Class fee is $165 plus the cost of rough-outs. Lunch is included both days.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Once again, we had a great time laughing and enjoying the night carving with friends.