re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#57 Wood carver: Christine Coffman, elegance in wood.

I love the work of Christine Coffman.

Penguins, Pelicans, Bears….Keepsakes…. she captures expression so well. Her carvings are clean, well proportioned. Each one has a touch of elegance about it. The first few pictures here are Christine’s work. Those at the end are my attempts to imitate her. I do hope that this imitation is a sincere form of flattery here.

Penguins with egg, Coffman

Bear with fish, Coffman

Pelicans, Coffman

Keepsake girl, Coffman

I have been practicing for the past few weeks, trying to capture the elegance of Christine’s pieces.  Several of the pieces below are finished.  Others are nearing completion.  I like the impact of the small grouping.  It adds a special appeal to already cute penguins.

First attempt

Second, note smaller beak

Shorter, plumper third

In progress

Polar bear patrol

The entire gang

It has been enjoyable to try and follow Christine’s lead.  You will note, however, that her’s are around two inches tall.  Mine are a bit taller.  More practice.  More fun. Will share more as they arrive.  Happy carving.

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.” Proverbs 16:21


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