Big Surprise! I got my carvings back from the CCA competition and I decided to open the small box with the Santa first. That's the one I rushed to get completed and mailed off separately. I really liked it but was a little disappointed to get only a "Partcipation" ribbon. Still, it's better than a poke in the eye! So I was really surpirsed when I opened the big box. I got a fourth place for bottle stopper, and a third place ribbon for rough out and group human. But "Rattlesnake Beans" got first place in Single Human over 10 inches and Second Best of Show! Wow! I'm pretty excited! This means a lot to me, knowing the talent of the carvers and the quality of work that is entered each year. They haven't posted the pictures and official results yet, and I'm hoping they don't change their mind, but you can see all the entries at http://www.cca-carvers.org/ . Thanks for looking! WooHoo!
Finished! I completed carving him Friday and completed the painting this evening, so I should be able to ship him off for the contest tomorrow. My other entries did arrive and I shouldn't have aproblem getting this one there also. Whew! I started carving this guy last Monday, but I think he turned out ok. I painted his face and beard at carving club on Saturday morning and several of the guys were interested in getting roughouts, so I'm thinking about getting Heinecke to make some for me, rather than trying to do them myself. I'll check and see what it will cost. This little guy is about 5 inches tall and the base is 3 1/2 inches. Thanks for looking!
Waiting on wood! So this is the sculpey model for a new Santa of mine. I have a 4x8 foot square rack over 10 foot tall storing my wood in the garage. But with all the wood I have, I didn't have the right size needed for this little guy. So I ordered some fine Wisconsin basswood from Heinecke that should arrive this week. I've got a few carvings boxed up to send to the CCA competition up in Indiana, but I don't think I'll have this guy finished. We'll see. I'll work on a roughout I got from Mitch Cartledge a couple of years ago.Thanks for looking!
It's that time of year again! Time to start carving things for Christmas! If I start now, I can do a little at a time, and have some in stock for the holiday season. In fact, I sold a snowman necklace from my web site earlier this month! This little guy has a happy face and is small enough to find a spot in someone's home. One down. Thanks for looking!
I carved a slightly larger gnome than my usual ones so I could add some extra details, and I decided to make a little toy out of him. I was playing with him trying to figure out what kind of motion would work and I decided on kind of a wobbling from side to side was kind of funny. It doesn't take much to amuse me! I used an ebony stain on the base and moving parts for an industrial look and to make the colors of the gnome really stand out.
Baby fishing is an entertaining sport, particularly when light tackle is used, and the larger babies often put up spectacular fights. Babies love vienna sausages and cookies, but will often just swallow those types of baits and spit out your line! Artificial baits will hold up better. But beware! Even though you act as a responsible fisherman and always, always "catch and release", your Mama will probably cut your season short!
They didn't have such items as pacifiers when I was a child; heck, I'm not sure that bottles were even that common. But my daughter had one and I suspect I may have tried this, at least with a hand line, until my wife caught me! It's hard to remember exactly. But my daughter did love to fish, despite her dad with the strange sense of humor! Thanks for looking!
I wanted to post a little progress on this project. You can see where I'm headed with it now. Still a bit of work to do on the rug before I start painting. Thanks for looking!
This is a little carving that is part of a scene I am working on. I'm pleased that I was able to get her so close to the clay model that I made; especially pleased with the profiles. She has that baby bird wanting to be fed look! I.m trying to decide if she really needs fingers, but I'll let her sit for a bit while I work on other parts of the scene.Thanks for looking.
Rattlesnake beans are an "heirloom" variety of green beans. You know you are getting old when things you used to eat are now heirlooms! Mama cooked these in an iron pot with an unhealthy amount of grease, but her church always asked if she would bring her beans whenever they had a potluck. I would rather have a plate of these with a little cornbread and a bit of onion than any other meal on earth! But you don't get rattlesnake beans out of a can......you have to pick them and then you have to snap them. Snapping beans is not a difficult job; you get to sit in the shade, it's easy enough for even kids to help, and you usually sit around with a group of people to get it finished. It's relaxing. I remember helping my granny and mama and others and snapping beans never seemed like work. But if you enjoy the company you keep, the work always does seem easier.
I hope this carving reminds you of times with your family, of a home-cooked meal that you can almost smell. I hope you can taste your own memories of rattlesnake beans! Thanks for looking!
I finished painting a cowboy we have been carving at the carving club. AND I completed a little leprecaun just in time for ST. Patrick's Day. Hopefully he'll bring me a little luck on the next lottery ticket I buy! Thanks for looking!