Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hello again, I have been suffering from a serious condition called carvers block. For the past three weeks nothing I have started to carve is finished or I make a mistake bad enough to scrap it. I've been in these funks before but never this long. To work my way out of it I started a clay model of a bear I want to carve. Let's see if this will get me back on track.

Here I've made the armature and started adding clay.

What I am hoping to do is just work out the basic design and not worry too much about any detail. I may add some eyes to the model, as that is one thing I am struggling with right now. Have never built a clay model before usually just carve it, but deperate times as they say. We'll see how this works out.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Been a while so here goes. The moose project is on hold due to another large knot found in the wood once I got to carving on it. Put it on the shelf to give me some time to think about either fixing it or starting over. I harvested the wood myself so no complaints' it was all free.

 Have been busy though, the Christmas ornaments are all sent out, people have started getting them and I have started another project. I did build myself a holder for my power carving bits. I looked for a premade one and of cousre couldn't find what I wanted so I just made one. I had made two others for my piants so just followed the same basic design.

It ain't pretty but it does the job and still gives me room for some extra bits. Cost $3.99 for the turn table and the rest is scrap MDF left over from a speaker box. About an hour to build and the finish is just several coats of thinned poly. You know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention. Not only that I'm cheap too, why buy if I can build it for little or nothing.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's been a while since my last post so thought I better say something. Been busy, busy, busy. I am in a Christmas ornament exchange and just finished up with them and due to ship out this coming week. Sorry I can't show a picture don't want to ruin it for those who may stop by here. Have been working on the base for the polar bear but  just can't seem to get the look I'm after. Just have to keep experimenting. I have also decided it's time to finish up my moose I started a while back. I carved just a head a while back and now it's time for the whole moose. Will try to post up some pics shortly. Thanks for stopping by.