102 Hanging on my daughter’s wall
One of the joys of wood carving is the opportunity to share things with family and friends. The three carvings shown here are in the collection of our oldest daughter. The first one shown began with an idea connected to a scrap of wood. I have always found it hard to throw away any scraggly, misshapen piece of wood. I recognize the problem. Most master wood carvers wouldn’t think twice about reaching for a large fresh chunk of wood for the next project. I, however, suffer from a smaller wallet and the need to be thrifty. So, each left over gets reviewed for potential carving purposes. This particular piece was a cutoff from a larger block being roughed out for a larger project. It is 12 x 3 x .5 inches. I like the coloration and how the moon/winter sun, as you like it, fits the piece. I scribed the moon on the back and did that first. Then I worked the tree in around the round moon. Snowman and lamp post came last. I was tempted to put white paint on the edges of the tree branches, but that would require painting the snowman and the rest of the piece white.
The nautical theme of these two pieces compliment each other. The lighthouse, top left, the sailboat hidden in the mist, and the ancient sailor are all done on cottonwood bark. The gorgeous cinnamon of the unpainted, exposed cottonwood shows up beautifully against the raw bark and painted sections. The carving on the left is done on a piece of cottonwood found in Michigan, a piece which had been bleached white in the sun after the tree had been struck by lightening.
“A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17