Here is another of Chris Hammack's Barfly roughouts. I really enjoy all the challenging details he puts in his work and I feel like I learn something every time I attempt one. I bought five last year at the Renegade and still have one to start! Thanks for looking!
I'm always picking up interesting pieces of wood. When I lived down on the gulf coast, I closed in the bottom of my house and decorated it with salvaged items washed up on the beach. This piece probably
came from one of the neighborhood lakes here in Arkansas, but it has laid around so long that I can't remember where it was picked up! It is kinda spongy like cypress knees, but I think it is probably just a piece of pine. I managed to get this little fellow to make an appearance. Thanks for looking!
That action might have required a rope not many years back! This cowboy is from a Roger Stegal roughout I've had for over a year, waiting on me, I suppose. I decided to leave him unpainted. His face reminds me of someone, but I can't quite place him. If you recognize him, please give me a hint! Thanks for looking.
I'm undecided whether this is an elf or a gnome, but he is definitely not a Santa! I was trying to give Mark Akers the last bit of my cash, and I saw a little carving similar to this, sitting on the table at his booth. I think Mark said he had been messing around with it at carving club or a show or something, so he didn't have any roughouts or pictures or anything. But he did have a large basswood egg, so of course I bought it! I took a few pictures of his, so I wouldn't forget why I bought it, and now, months later, I finally got started on it. This is the large, 5 inch size egg, and it was nice to carve something a little larger than what I've been working on. Thanks for looking!
Uncle Mutt was never the same, after he saw that squirrel. He admits he had been drinking a little, but he swears he saw a gigantic squirrel, in the hickory tree down past the smoke house. He said it might have weighed 20 pounds, that it was one of them a-typical, Boone and Crocket type squirrels, a real trophy! He
became obsessed with tracking it down, sneaking out of the house at odd hours, wearing a gillie suit, building blinds, and tree stands, and such. He never saw it again, but his dogs still get nervous in those woods, whining anxiously and staring up in the trees.
Now, that may not be a true story....but it ought to be! This is from one Mitch Cartledge's little hillbilly roughouts. He's an instructor at the next Renegade and I'm trying to get practiced up! Thanks for looking!
My wife has been wanting to replace a floor lamp in our living room for sometime, but she wanted something different. We have always loved antiques and architectural accents and just had not found the exact thing we were looking for. Then Georgia was inspired and had me make these pieces. Our church was
originally built with a pipe organ, and these are made from some of the organ pipes. These are probably around 100 years old, and may have originally been used in a movie theater, according to an older church member. The organ had fallen into disrepair and had been replaced many years ago, but the pipes remained in the loft. The church managed to sell part of them to a gentleman in Texas who worked on and restored pipe organs, but we found little interest elsewhere. My wife and I couldn't just let these get thrown away, so we bought a lot (and there are still some left at the church), hoping to find some decorative or functional use for them. It was fairly easy to convert these to lamps, since they were hollow. I just had to drill a hole in the chamber at the top for the wire, saw off the air tube at the top and add a yoke for the lamp and shade, and add a base for the bottom. I also used a piece of the air tube for the finial on top. They look like the original pipes and we are pleased to save something that is a part of our history.
I finally got these little guys finished off. I sold a carving to a lady in Canada, and despite my best efforts, I was embarassed to have it arrive damaged. It looked like it had possible been dropped out of the airplane or it may have been used in a game of hockey. I offered a full refund, but she was able to repair the damage with a little glue. She had expressed an interest in getting some gnomes sometime after Christmas, so I offered these as a way to make things right. She liked them, and hopefully these will arrive in the correct number of pieces! Gnomes are supposed to be lucky!
Happy New Year! Sorry to be so long in posting, but I'll be catching up with
stuff soon. I've been playing with new tools and working on ANYTHING that is not
related to Christmas stuff! Since I have been able to work on some things in
climate controlled comfort at night, I've needed a better workspace to store
tools and paint. After pricing things, I decided to build my own! This is a
little four foot work table made from some scrap plywood and two by fours; I'll
be adding some drawers and shelves underneath it later. I also spent several
days building a machine to help with roughing out new carvings. It uses a router
and helps to roughly shape some carvings, which I can then finish up by hand
with knives and gouges. I am hoping I can use it to make roughouts of my
carvings which I could sell to other carvers or use when teaching others. I used
it to make this wooden wrench in a piece of cedar in less than two hours. Thanks
This is a Gary Falin roughout that I saw at the Renegade Roundup last March.
I've carved a few original designs the past year, but I think I've learned a
few things by carving the designs of others, even though I end up "improving"
them. Gary's work has a lot of intricacies and it is quite educational doing
his roughouts. I'm really looking forward to the next one! Merry Christmas to
Whew! I am about carved out for Christmas! I did manage to get a few more Santa ornaments completed, but these may be the last holiday things I do for a bit, since I'm not sure I could finish and sell soething before next week. I'll stick these in my store and may take them to a Christmas party at work this week and see if I can sell a few more things. Not sure when the cutoff would be for shipping to someone for Christmas, but it is probably soon! Thanks for looking. These are around 3 inches tall and about an inch wide.