The idea for this carving came from way back in my school days in Alabama. If someone was talking trash, and fists were about to fly, they might ask if you were “feeling froggy? Then jump!” Meaning if you felt like starting something, then go ahead and do it! I would be afraid to start something with this frog! He looks like he’s been working out and he’s a bit bigger than the frogs I usually see. Thanks for looking!
I got this little toothpick holder rough out from Harold Enlow up in Eureka Springs about a year ago. I couldn't resist a bulldog, although mine turned out more like a puppy than his. I always buy a sackful of his rough outs when I run into him and I don't think I've carved the same one twice! You'll find him for sale under the Miscellaneous section in the Store.Thanks for looking!
I got some more painted and finished. Some of these are smaller and priced at $20 each. Thanks for looking!
I got these ornaments painted and ready for sale. But I do have some more on the way, just waiting on paint. Thanks for looking!
You can tell by the expression on his face, that he is not to be trusted! I enjoyed putting a lot of details in this one, especially the guns and hands. I wanted them to tell the story as much as his face. I did this one as a competition piece , so he won't be up for sell for a bit. But I am also working on pieces to restock the store, especially Christmas ornaments. I'm going to finish carving about twenty before I start painting and posting them. Thanks for looking!
“I’ve seen the elephant” is a western expression dating from around the mid 1830s.
The expression to see the elephant has several related meanings, which have to do with the idea of an elephant as a remarkable thing that one could see, or to see or experience all that one can endure; to see enough. This may come from the idea that once you have seen an elephant, no other sight could be as interesting. The major sense of the phrase is 'to gain worldly experience; learn a lesson; lose one's innocence; see remarkable sights'. An additional meaning refers to seeing combat, especially for the first time; to confront sudden death.
This long- winded introduction is for this bust I did in a class with Vic Hood. Vic encouraged us that our carvings should tell a story, to invoke a feeling in the viewer. As I carved this salty old sailor, I was reminded of my time in the Navy, of sights and sounds and places far away. Of lessons learned and of elephants seen. Thanks for looking!
I got a pretty good workout carving with Vic Hood last week. This is from a big chunk of green butternut and the carving is just a little smaller than life size. We started with just a block of wood and carved it with gouges and mallet tools. My largest mallet is about 28oz and my arm was pretty tired the first night! We had 10 people in the class and our wood chips filled up a 55 gallon drum by the end of the week! I still have some details to complete, but it is mostly done! Thanks for looking!
My carving and related ventures were impacted over the past year by the death of my mother, but as time passes I try a little more and just keep going. I haven't had a lot of interest in carving, but I have completed a few things and sold a few things. A lot of people ask for pricing when they see my stuff posted on Facebook, and I sell some things before they ever make it here. But, I also later decide to see some carvings and they may be for sale here before they show up on Facebook. I'll be going next week to carve with Vic Hood in Eureka Springs, so I should have some cool pictures to post then. Be sure and look in my store for some newer items for sell! Thanks for looking!
I'll be learning some more about carving up at Lebanon, TN next week, so any orders placed will be delayed in shipping. But don't let that stop you from ordering! I posted some new ornaments and will probably be adding more stuff after a week of carving1 Thanks for looking!
A lot of people have been ordering rough outs lately, but a few have had some problems. The link to the store above is the easiest way to purchase from me. This is my own private store, using PayPal to safely and securely take your payments, and that has been working for most people. But I have had a few people ask how they can purchase stuff anyways, so here is another link that will take you to my store: http://mikepounders.weebly.com/store/c6/Roughouts.html
If that is not working, please email me at email@example.com and I can send you a PayPal invoice manually. It all works the same and is just as safe and secure; I just have to manually adjust my inventory when you have me email you. Hope this helps and thanks for your support!