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!
Finally got around to updating the web site a bit. I've manged to get a few things carved and I'm working on some entries for a carving show in August. I got some rough outs made of the "Trick or Treat" witch that I did last year and have those in my Store section. She will be in a how-to article in the Wood Carving Illustrated Fall 2017 issue coming out in a few months. I've also added a couple of canes and a refrigerator magnet to the store. Thanks for looking!
Sales have been good and I have had to remove some sold items and add some new ones! No complaints here! Thanks for looking!
New Items in Store!
I've finally got around to posting new items in the store and updating things a bit. Mostly things in the holiday section but a couple of things in the "other" category. Take a look!
I've re-stocked the cane handles and Santa rough outs. I'll probably get some made in the near future of the little witch and will add them to the store here.
I was demonstrating making clay models to the carving club last year and came up with this little face. She had such a winsome look, that I had to finish her out and she turned into this witch. But it has taken a while to get her even cut out on the band saw! I finally completed her this weekend and she turned out pretty good. I especially like her face and the details on the hand. She might make a good rough out, since you could carve the hands in different positions or holding different things, and she could probably be easily converted to a hillbilly, wizard, or cowboy. My original idea was to have her holding a frog behind her back for the "trick", but I couldn't get it to look right. The club/bat should be more persuasive for reluctant contributors! Thanks for looking!
It's been forever since I've posted anything. Work, personal stuff, and health things have kept me pretty busy for several months, but I have been able to carve and design some. I did a few ornaments at Christmas for family and have sold a few carvings and canes. A guy in the carving club wanted me to do a clay model for him to get some rough outs made from. A carving magazine asked to write and article that hopefully will be published in the summer of 2016. I'm finally starting to carve this little witch I designed so I'll have something new to add soon! Thanks for looking!