I got my rough outs back for this new ornament design of mine and you will find it available for purchase in my store for $20, which includes shipping. I also plan to have it available for classes that I teach. Thanks for looking!
I just finished a Zoom class with Janet Cordell that I started last month. This is about 11" x 7" x 3 1/2" out of basswood and the turn of the face made it particularly challenging. Janet is an excellent instructor that I have studied with before and I highly recommend her classes to anyone. There are a few things that aren't quite perfect with this one, but that's what keeps me coming back for more! Always something new to learn or improve. Thanks for looking!
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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!