Saturday, May 9, 2009

Addicted to carving? Well. Yeah!

I must admit I'm having fun playing with Gramps old chisels on the back woods. The weather has been very nice and the bugs are not out yet so I feel this overwhelming urge to go outside to carve. Besides, it's always a good idea to practice on "crap wood" now and then just to fine tune your form. The shop cat , once again, joined me and helped me pic out a tree to work on. I have to be realistic about the amount of detail I want to put into a carving on these dead logs. However, after you get past the soft decayed wood, the inner stuff is quite nice. Still, the rain and weather will beat on it and age it rapidly. Regardless, It is fun. I spent the rest of the night sharpening the chisels most used. Perhaps I'll revisit the last carving and work on it a little more. I just realized I didn't get any "done" pictures yet. grrrr
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3 comments:

diy said...

You have the makings of a really haunted forest. How about some of that paint that glows in the dark? I touch on the eyes might give more scary results.

MackTheKnife said...

Dang it! John stole my thunder! I was going to say that before long the local older kids are going to start making up stories about your carvings to scare the little ones. You know, Ethan, part of the point of carving is to show the finished product! BTW, the one with the almost started mouth is great. The bark looks like hair.

The Great Ethan Allen said...

True true! Pics of the "finished" ones are coming. By finished, I mean I'm going to leave them the way they are. kinda rough and slightly unfinished. besides I don't want to waste too much time on them only to have them weather away in a year or so.

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