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Songs and music have the power to turn back time, to take you to places of your youth. Memories are jogged and the aches and pains fade for a bit. Me and my dog were wandering thru the park, when I heard Alice Cooper blasting out "Eighteen" on a stereo down the street. I was 18 when that was first played and it was strange how the song triggered memories of old times. It got me to thinking about the power of songs and inspired this carving of Pearl. I was at a reception and the opening notes of "Honky Tonk Women" electrified the crowd. I'm a watcher, not a dancer, but I enjoyed watching the crowd having fun. An older lady, 70's-80's maybe, was enjoying the song so much, that she slowly stood up, grabbed her daughter's husband, and drug him to the dance floor! So, I tried to capture that spirit, that energy in this old lady with her ear buds, playing a little air guitar and kicking up her heels. "...Gimme....Gimme....Gimme...the honky tonk blues!"
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I've had a few people requesting roughouts of my carvings so they can carve their own. So I thought I would try selling them and see how it works out. Right now, I just have some of my lizard cane handle and a little Santa. But if they sell good, I'll certainly add others! Thanks for looking!
I updated my store with carvings that I've did over the past year, all priced to sell! Take a look and buy yourself or a loved one something special or fun. Thanks for looking!
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!