re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#24 Wood carving: Bones, MD. A Bishop roughout

Wood carving is one of my hobbies. Did you notice the word “one.” That means, beside teaching,

Bishop rough out, partly skinned

leading in my church, living in a family – wife and three adult children, and a host of other things I have chosen to do, I have several hobbies. Carving happens to be near or at the top of the list of hobbies. So what does that mean?

It means that not all the carvings I begin will be completed any time soon. It also means that some commissions I have taken are standing in my basement at various stages of completion. I think you will understand in the

Bishop rough out, side view

next few posts I make.

The one commission which has been on my mind a lot lately, and on the minds of several others, is “Bones, MD.” This is a Phil Bishop rough out which I promised to a friend many months ago. Dare I say that I have the check in my wallet just waiting to be banked. (At least I have not lived with the money in my account for these past four months, then I would be even harder on my self.) I have tried to use the pressure of the un-cashed check to drive me to finish the carving.

While the bad news is that the carving awaits completion, the good news is that with ten more minutes of

Commission, nearly carved.

carving (and for those of you who do not know the carving world, for a fussy carver that is an easy half hour) the piece will be ready for painting.

I have included in this post pictures of rough outs a various stages of completion. The first are of a rough out that has some of the surface

Commission, side view

skinned. Skinning is taking off the duplication machine fuzzy fibers. Any of those fibers are left on the carving will immediately be seen in the final step of painting. They will take the paint so differently that all who look at the carving, from non-carvers to expert carvers, will notice.

The second piece, nearly completed carving, which will receive paint in the next two weeks, is the piece promised. You will notice that it needs hair lines. Also, it needs buttons and a few more wrinkles and creases. These will add shadows and highlights to the piece

Bishop class, nearly completed

which the untrained eye will miss without knowing what is wrong with the piece if they are not added.

Close up of “Bones, MD”

The final carving is a study done under Phil Bishop’s direction. It also is incomplete – did you notice? The paint job is nearly finished. There are a few highlights to add and the last stage of the eye needs to be put in. Then the piece will be dipped in linseed oil sealing the carving. Hope I will have a few finished pieces to show you soon.

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.”  Psalm 92:1,2


2 responses

  1. Kathy Boone

    I have a wooden vase looks like bamboo maybe dark in color. On the bottom it says John A Bishop 08/ 10/ 00 —— # 115 Just wondered if it’s yours. Please let me know and what kind of wood it is. ~ Thanks so much……. Kathy Boone

    July 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

    • Hi Kathy, Apologies for such a sloooooow reply. I have been in China for the past two years. Poor Internet and limited time to attend the blog. Hope to have more when we return to the States. Wish I could help you on the vase. Mine would be John Klompmaker and a date and an ichthus symbol. Hope you have been able to find a source. John

      May 23, 2016 at 7:05 am

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