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" . 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Carving With Chris Hammack

I've had a great time the past couple of days.  My good friend, Chris Hammack, visited and taught a two day class in my studio.  I got excited the night before class, helping Chris unpack all his rough-outs and finished carvings - and then trying to choose what project to carve in class.  Seeing his projects up close is so much more impressive than just viewing a photo on his website.

Most of the students chose to carve Chris' new Pirate, some carved the new Baseball Player and Cowboy "Ernell", and Chris talked me into carving the caricatures on "Grandma Pew".   This was a real challenge to work on in just two days, as there are five caricatures and they were cut-outs, not rough-outs.  But with Chris' help I was able to get them all blocked in and ready to add detail.

As usual, the days were filled with laughter and instruction.  A great way for a carver to spend a couple of days. We have already scheduled Chris back for next year and perhaps we will have our projects done by then.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Chris Hammack Class

It's that time of year again when we all look forward to a Chris Hammack class.  For the third year, Chris will be teaching in my studio.  If you are familiar with Chris, you know he is one of the best caricature carvers around.  Chris is well known for his cowboy carvings that always make you smile.  His bar fly collection is fun to carve and might remind you of some folks you know.

Chris' class will be on February 14 & 15, 2014 and he will bring a variety of full-figure and bar fly rough-outs for you to choose your class project from.  Class fee is $180.00 plus the cost of rough-outs.  Lunch will be provided each day.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact me at

Only 1 place left in class 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cypress Knees Class with Mary Dame

 Last week Mary Dame taught a group of us power carving skills on cypress knees in my studio.  Gayle Barkle and I are really concentrating here as we start to rough it in with our power carvers. 

 Joanne Layne is getting some personal attention here from Mary while Ken Giles is busy making dust.  Did I say dust?  Lots and lots of dust.  I really suggest using dust collectors and wearing a mask.  I just had a fan with an open window and the fan did a good job of spreading the dust throughout my studio.  

Mary is giving a painting demo, teaching a new method of painting eyes that are very realistic.

Mary is an excellent instructor and the 2 days went by very quickly.  Most of us had limited power carving experience prior to class but I'm positive we will all be using our new skills in the future.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Carving in Grand Junction, Colorado

 Last week I taught a 2 day class in Grand Junction sponsored by the Grand Valley and Black Canyon carving clubs.  Once again, the theory that wood carvers are great people was proven to be true. 
As you can see from the above photo, I had a great time meeting new carving friends. Brent Jensen kept us laughing both days with many funny stories and comments.  Randy Price worked both days on Blind Date.

Buck Taylor is the Grand Valley Club president and looks quite serious as he carves a Bell Ringer.  He is also an accomplished wood turner as shown by his coffee mug which he turned from aspen.  On the other side is a buck deer burned into the wood.

Nancy is an avid fly fisher, is carving Skeeter.
Bess (on the left) has been carving for 54 years, in between raising 5 children.  Janet joined Bess in carving a Santa's Journey Home.
 What a pleasure to meet up with John Gilbert again.  John and I first met over 15 years ago at the Wood Carver's Jamboree in Twin Falls, ID.

This is Anita, Sec/Treas of the Grand Valley Club, working on a Santa's Journey Home.  Anita made all the arrangements for me to teach and brought me a great and tasty lunch each day.  In the background is Tim Austin, busily working on the Old Timer.

It was nice to see the 2 clubs working together to sponsor my class.  They are a fun group sharing a common interest.  Unfortunately, we missed Rob Rogers in the above photos but here he is, 2nd from the left.