Friday, March 6, 2015

  Wow I can't believe how long it's been since my last post. I have been busy though and if you've visited my Etsy site you will notice that. With that said I thought I would try to get you caught up with what I've been up to.
  I've been doing a lot of carving of course, but have also been helping out more with teaching at our local tech school. There are a lot of newer carvers and it is hard for the instructor to give a lot of individual help, so I've been helping out. Still involved with our local carving club as the president, of the Waupaca Area Woodcarvers. I also have joined another club about 30 mile away. I was a member of the Wisconsin River Woodcarvers about 15 years ago, but due to work issues had to drop out. I will also be showing off my carvings at a couple of wood carving shows this year. I used to do the shows a lot, but again with work issues it got to be a hassle.
  I've also built myself a small forge and have begun building a few carving knives. I have sold quite a few locally and even have a couple of requests for knives. Not really looking to go into the business, it's just something I wanted to try. I will post some pictures of my forge soon.
 On another note a carving friend of mine recently gave me a Wilton Power Arm for carving. He said they used it at the machine shop where he worked. It needs a little work, but for the price (free) I can handle that. Here are a few pictures of it now, and once I get it up and working I will post some of it in action. Thanks Wally!
  Hopefully I am going to be able do better at this whole blog thing to keep you updated.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here is one I did earlier this summer. Just for fun, I call it the Height of Ambition. The fish hook is a real hook I found a long time ago. Turkey feathers and feathers from my fly tying kit along with colored pipe cleaners make the fly. The driftwood is carved from basswood.

Here is my latest Santa carving. I call him Cool shades Santa.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Here is my very first fish carving. Took a while to do, as this is completely new for me. He is carved from basswood, the base is a natural piece of driftwood given to me by an old friend. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Here's my latest Santa. He is based off a carving done by Pat Moore. Not from her rough out but just based on a picture of one of her carvings. Hope you enjoy. He is about 12 inches tall.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Wizard carving just finished up. The scene on the back was airbrushed with a stencil and then touched up by hand to get the effects I wanted.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Bengal tiger I just finished up. Carving him wasn't too bad. Getting the color I wanted and getting the stripes on him were the hard part. Each tiger has stripes that are unique to them and the stripes are symmetrical side to side. I airbrushed the main colors and then hand painted in the stripes to get them a close as I could. The glass eyes were clear flints that had to be hand painted, because I couldn't find the right color. All in all I am genuinely pleased with him, being this is only the second one I've carved.