Here is a large bust that I completed in February of 2020. This is a design I worked on with Janet Cordell and Adina Huckins in a 3 day class in Branson, Missouri in September of 2019. This is from two big blocks of basswood glued together. I didn't get much completed during the class, but sent pictures and got feedback from Janet and Adina and this is what it ended up as. Thanks for looking!
Here is a cute little fellow I designed. I have carved him as bottlestoppers and several free-standing pieces and his is available as a roughout at $12 each plus shipping. Just email me : email@example.com and provide the quantity and shipping address and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Thanks for looking!
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!