Category Archives: paint

Carving Books and Vintage Video

About a year and a half ago, at Greenwood Fest 2016, Jögge Sundquist taught a class on carving a Swedish distaff, traditionally used for holding flax or other fibers while spinning.  As Jögge explained, when a man proposed marriage to … Continue reading

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Carve some Toys

  The days leading up to Christmas usually find me making a few gifts for loved ones.  Among them, toys have a special place.  I thought I’d share a few toys of the wood carved variety that might inspire some … Continue reading

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It Took a Crook

An oak crook, more specifically, was the origin of this rooster-inspired bowl that I’ve just finished.  The flow of the grain is evident in the top photo in the line between the light sapwood and the darker heartwood.  I first … Continue reading

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Savor

I thought long and hard about what to carve on the handle of this boxelder (acer negundo) ladle.  Crooks with a bend like this one don’t come along every day.  I decided that “savor” was a good word for a … Continue reading

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Quiet Hen

Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897) No asteroid under this chicken.  Since my last post, I finished her with oil … Continue reading

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Rainbow Dolphin and Whale Shark

There is nothing that reminds me of the magic of creating more than having a kid or two in the shop, as with my niece and nephew this weekend.  They encourage fast and uninhibited work full of wild imagination.  No … Continue reading

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Dark Horse

I carved this ale bowl from some more of the red alder I mentioned in my last post.  Then I tried something new for me: I painted (ebonized I suppose) the outside  with waterproof black India ink.  I like how … Continue reading

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