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Posts tagged “caricature

203. Carving in the round. Square Father Christmas.

Well, perhaps not completely round. It is a unique piece, nonetheless. A change from all the round, rolly polly figures one sees.

The layout for this carving took longer than the actual carving. I do like the formal effect that the straight lines and symmetrical shapes give to the piece. I also like the shadows created by the gouge lines in the hair and beard.

Hope you are enjoying your hobby too.


“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Prov 15:22


202. Carving in the round. Friend/Indian/Native American/Ancient Invader/Neighbor?

It’s a carving. It isn’t a political statement. It isn’t intended to be demeaning or defaming. It is of an Indian/Native American/tribe member/one of any number of tribes. He is holding cigars. There was a connection between him and tobacco. His clothing and head piece are an attempt at catching what he may have worn four hundred years ago. His features may be a caricature, may have some resemblance of someone past or present.

It’s a carving. Well done? I like the face. The lines are clean and clear. The hands and feet fit the description of caricature, overly large, exaggerated. I also like the coloring of skin and lion cloth. Both came out satisfactorily.

It’s a carving. Some friends are holding a sale this month. Hoping this piece goes. How much would you offer for it?


“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Prov 15:18

198 A carver to know – Fred Cogelow.

There are many ways to learn carving, to be inspired to carve better. One is to study the work of other carvers. And one carver worth studying is Fred Cogelow.

The images included here were taken from Pinterest. There are many more for you to view there.


“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” Prov 16:16

197 To market, to market. Variety needed.

One of the things I like about a hobby is that you can choose what you want to do or make. Creativity is a key word.

Here is another picture of carved pieces which have gone into a sale. House – some painted some not, lighthouses – some painted and some not, and faces make up part of the variety. But within each group these is even greater choice and variety when one considers size, shape, background, coloration, substructure. All must be decided, created. That is part of the reason I love carving.

What draws you to your hobby?


“A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” Prov 15:5

193 Carving in the Round. Basswood Golfer.

We ran out of time in the U.S. All our bags and boxes had to be packed. That included unfinished carvings, carvings knives, bases, brushes and paints.

Here, another unfinished carving but cute anyway. One of the benefits of putting such pieces away is the opportunity of reflecting on what comes next. Among finishing details to consider – paint colors, golf club – bent or unbent, base.

What kind of base would he belong on? Shape of base – round like golf hole or shaped like a trap? Putting green or tee off? Water hazard or sand bunker? Ball on edge of hole? Tee and ball only inches away? Does the shirt have a monogram? Are the shorts plaid or plain? Saddle shoes? Hair color?

Is the golfer a loud mouth fool or just a loud mouth? Is he laughing or crying? Perhaps these decisions will get made next summer.


“A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.” Prov 14:3

192 Carving in the Round. Not just Vegetables

Some of you will recognize the faces. Some of you will know these are eggplants. Many of you might know they are made out of basswood. Most of you will not know that these carvings were once considered scrap wood, salvaged out of a junk box.

In a way they make a strong statement to me about life, about the lives of many people. They are seen as scrap, the world sets them aside, considers them unimportant, value,es. And yet, in each is something beautiful. Can you imagine what our world would be like if we all found the beauty, the value, the spark in each person we meet. Imagine that as you work on your next project.

(In case you missed it, this is a tip of the hat to Veggie Tales and their creativity.)


“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Prov 13:10

174. Cottonwood bark. Doodling in scraps. Farmer Pierre.

One of the enjoyable things about cottonwood bark is the excitement of creating interesting pieces. Part of the challenge is balancing the tension between keeping as much bark surface as possible while needing to cut it away for an image. Witness the practice caricature below.

How might you have done it differently? Shalom.

“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.” Prov 12:17