Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday tree carving.

Well, She is almost done. Perhaps a few touch ups and some sanding, then paint. Tonight I worked on the leaves and roses of her dress along with slimming her arms and hand a bit more. I've lost count of the days, but it's probably been only a week not counting the log handling or the days off for seat carving. We'll see how far we get tomorrow.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

One seat, tree carving, and origami crane.

Tonight was only one toilet seat carving. Cheryl painted it up and it didn't take long to carve up. With my new found time, I worked on the arm and hand of the tree carving for a but. I'm close to the rotted heartwood so I can't go too deep. Tomorrow is Friday and I may work on it again, but I don't know how much I will be able to do in the daytime. Other than that, An origami crane. Wet folded so it holds it's shape better, I would have liked to fold three toes on each foot, but I didn't have the confidence quite yet. For the rest of the night, I am going to work on sharpening the chisels. A job I don't like very much because it takes too long. However, the chisels need to be touched up and several have some small chips that need to be reground.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tree carving day 3

Hey hey! Was able to get to the tree carving tonight and actually made some headway. Mostly I worked on the face and hair I started outlining the arm and hand she is holding across her body, but the darkness fell before I could get any worthwhile pictures. The changes are subtle, but hopefully they show the progression. Enjoy! Oh! And since I have not posted any anime lately, Claymore! The ending! It's one of the greatest animes out there. My opinion of coarse! Can't seem to embed it on the blog tonight. Ah well, here's the link!

Tuesday seat carving

Quick post on the seat carving today. Carved up five and pretty much that is that. I'll work on the face of the tree tomorow with some daytime shots this time hopefully. Enjoy!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday and Monday Tree carving.

For the last couple of days I have been working on the tree carving. However, as before, I have very little to show for it. I worked on the wrong side of the tree to begin with and after 30 minutes realized that a large rotted knot would mess things up, so I had to flip it over. Well, Here is how far I got so far. outlined her face, carved a small rose brooch on her shoulder. Now it is to dark to show off anymore. Tomorrow then! As for the wet folding Origami, A horse, A larger piece of paper allows me to add a couple of small details such as hooves, and a wavy tail. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

More wet folding origami, and carving of the seats!

Finished carving up 4 seats tonight. Pretty slow for a weekend, but that's how it goes sometimes. I also worked on getting the log up and on the sawhorses tonight so it should be ready to chip into tomorrow. And since I touched upon it slightly yesterday, I decided to show off a little more wet folding with "how to" pictures. Since a picture is worth 1000 words and even when I'm long written, I still can't compete with that. Bottom line is take your paper and a damp washcloth or towel and cover your paper and press down. Easy! Right? Make sure you use a slightly thicker paper and that it soaks up the water evenly but not saturated. For my second attempt at wet folding, An origami Pegasus! I wonder what I'll make tomorrow?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wet folding, Finished tree carving, and another sawhorse.

So today I decided I would paint the tree carving and call it 100%totally finished. I'm glad I did! Even Cheryl says it looks better now. At least it doesn't look like a nudist in the front yard. (Remember what she used to look like )I also built a second sawhorse. I should be able to start that next tree carving by the end of this weekend. And lastly, I finally succeeded at wet folding origami. What is wet folding you ask? Its where you take paper and lightly dampen it so it become more ply able, then fold it and as it dries, it holds its shape better. Sounds easy right? Well, I must have made it out to be more complicated than it is. Dampening the paper was a challenge until I took a damp wash cloth and lightly taped the paper until it was uniformly damp. It might not look like much difference, but the shape is solid with no glue. Every similar to the foil paper I usually use. But this is much larger and I should be able to tackle larger projects now. We'll see how the next one folds up. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sad Sales Thursday.:(

Thursday ends this rather bland week for sales. Let's just say that sales have been better. For tonight, I only had one seat. Well that is at least better than Sunday and Monday's sales combined! As for yesterday, I spent the entire day rolling a log into the back yard to start another tree carving. I had the help of Cheryl this time, Who insisted that she would never help me again unless I cut the log into smaller chunks. Well if I did, I probably wouldn't need her help anyway! I also refurbished an old sawhorse and plan on building another one so I can bring the log up off the ground. Hopefully, this will help relieve a little back pain when I have to hunch over it. And since I have not [posted any origami lately, I thought I would show what an origami enthusiast rarely shows. Namely: his mistakes. Lets just call them experiments that did not end up what the paper folder had originally in mind. They "kinda" look like something. Well, you decide. Have a great week everyone!


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