Completed the barn owl on basswood. Spent 2 years off & on between projects. Also took a class on Intarsia, the use of multiple wood types for color and texture effect. Did 2 side by side eagles with instructor. The first is sanded and shaped and ready for finished to be applied. The second will follow soon. Also completed so holiday themed scroll saw works, Santa and crossed candy canes on basswood and painted. Attached chains for hanging by the door next Christmas. Won a contest in Woodcarving mag and got a real nice book on carving Cypress knees, probably a Santa from the one I have available, and an extension for another years subscription. Way cool.
Well it took almost a year to complete but most of the time was waiting for summer to end last year. It was over 100 in the garage where I have to use the power tools on hardwood like the maple for this piece. Once shaped I could then move indoors to use hand tools. Delivered to John this weekend to both our satisfaction. Can’t wait to see what it will look like when the master builder completes the body.
Like most webpages this seems to have gotten away from me. Posting mostly to Blackhawk Wood Designs on Facebook so a lot of current pictures and projects are there to find. I’ll put some pics here as well. Maybe even try to update Photobucket. Who knows. Once a month at Woodcrafters in SE Portland doing demo carving/pyrography. Fun interacting with other artists.
Changed the Picture of the Day to the Pieta I carved as a gift for my Mother-in-Law.
Well here it is February 6th 2014 and I finished the kestrel last night. Started in December and was able to spend 6-8 hours a week working on it. It turned out alright after a few set backs. Was going to color stain it but decided I didn’t have enough experience and didn’t want to ruin it so stuck with the wood burning.
I’ve rearrainged some photos in the gallery with better, brighter pictures than before. The Facebook site is up and active and I think I need to create a business account next. Recent sale of the 2 large Christmas boxes is encouraging that there is a market for my work. I wonder if friends/family realize that all these are for sale? Come on people! Bless you and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! JT