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.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Chris Hammack's Bar Flies design includes a variety of characters that were fun to carve. I mounted them on a hardwood bar giving you the bartender's view on a busy Saturday night. This carving won First Place, Best of Division, and the Peoples Choice Award.
Do any of these characters look like people you know?
I also entered my original design, Tis The Season and was happy to be awarded First Place and Best of Division ribbons. Rough-outs for the elves are available on my website and there is still time to carve them for Christmas.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
After many hours of sanding, my redwood coffee table is complete and in the house. This project was a nice distraction from my typical caricature carving. I collected twisted aspen for the legs and let me tell you, it was a challenge to figure out how to put them together.
The table top was finished with 3 coats of Deft clear semi-gloss and the base was sealed with Natural Watco Danish Oil, left to dry for 72 hours then 2 coats of Deft which was the best product to bring out the richness of the wood. Deft is a great product but has a very strong smell. I recommend using a good mask and working outside.
If you are looking for a change, this is definitely a project that is fun and challenges your creativity.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Last year while visiting the giant redwoods of Califorina, I bought this redwood slab thinking it would make a great table top. I thought I would have it done long before now, but other things keep getting in the way. The wood was rough sawn which required a lot of sanding with a belt sander. Next, I used an orbital sander to do all the finish sanding for a smooth surface.
I stood back and looked at the piece and decided the edge needed some texturing. I left as much of the bark on the edge as possible and textured the remainder using a hand held power grinder.
I thought the project was finished, so I began applying the top coat of sealer. After it was all dry, I thought, "what about some bear tracks across the top?"
Then, I sanded the whole surface once again before applying several coats of sealer.
I'm now working on the base, which will be from twisted aspen. I hope to have pictures in the next couple of days,
Friday, August 2, 2013
In between other projects I pick up one of Chris Hammack's "Bar Flys" and do a little carving. I have had them carved for quite some time and with the hot weather here - hottest July on record - spent some time in the basement painting.
Each one is a great lesson in facial expressions and Chris says, "I've seen everyone of these guys at the bar". I really enjoyed working on them and now I just need to get working on some type of scene.