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Carving in cottonwood.


A different slant on things 1a



A different slant on things 1b


Another carving.  Three  photos to go with our article.  Amazing what one can learn.  Of course, we aren’t saying how long it took.


Cottonwood is one of my favorite materials to use.  As you can see, the bark of the cottonwood can be very thick.  The exterior layer is usually gray and dark.  The fun begins when the exterior is open and the grain of the bark is displayed.


A different slant on things 1c


Rich, deep reds, browns and yellows interplay in pleasing and exciting patterns.  Before finish coats are added the exposed bark is a soft brown, often unremarkable. When a coat of sealer or wax is added cottonwood bark really stands out.

Cottonwood is a pleasing wood to carve.  It is softer than most carving material.  It holds detail nicely.  One drawback is its fragility.  When carving, you always need to be aware of the pressure being put on the various parts of the carving.  Flexibility in design is a must when carving with cottonwood.

This piece is for sale today at a 10% discount on the Gift shop price.  Contact me if you are interested.


Trying something new

Man, the trials and tribulations of trying something new.  I have worked for a long time to just get one picture from an external hard drive on to this blog.  I have deleted, reloaded, rewritten, reentered until I am sick of it.  And you only get to see one picture of one carving.  There are 500 more to see.  Perhaps the Gallery and Gift site will one day have many more.

Have you tried carving yet?  It will be the same.  Trial and error.  Get excited after seeing something interesting.  Try.  Struggle and frustration.  Put it away.  And then, try again.  Something!  A carving someone recognizes.  A carving someone wants.  A carving you like. (By the way, those will be the ones you won’t want to let go.)   Keep at it.  Would love to hear anyone’s “first time” story.  It could be a carving story, but any one will be great to hear.

And if anyone has some advice for a carver trying to use tech to share a passion in his life give me a comment.  Trying something new is always more fun when you share the trouble and the triumphs with others.

Carving Tip #1: Hold on to some of the first carvings you do.  Resist the temptation to throw them into the fire Put them into a box labeled “Early Work.”  On occasion take them out. You will be amazed at your progress.

#10 Want to know more about wood carving?

Does wood carving interest you? Are you fascinated by carve objects in the store or at the museum? Do you like wood, the feel, smell, look of good wood? Then you might want to check out the web site of Wood Carving Illustrated. It is one of the great resources available to the world’s wood carvers. I have placed the URL below.
This site has something for everyone. The galleries are filled with wonderful carvings by artists from around the world. Visitors can view the carvings, comment on them and even contact the artist via the site.
The chat threads provide all sorts of interesting and useful information. Beginners (newbies) can “listen in” on old hands discussing techniques and treatments. Long time carvers can share ideas and asked more detailed questions about the craft of carving.
One neat feature provided is the ability for carvers to take pictures of their work and to down load them on to the site for all to see. Artists can store albums of pictures which can be searched by all who visit the site.
One other feature anyone interested in carving might enjoy is are the teaching/training videos. These are great resources for the endless questions new and old carvers alike always have.
The Wood Carvers Illustrated web site is a social club on line. Many of the regulars have been chatting with each other for years. They meet each other on line and at shows around the country and the world. This site displays some of what makes the hobby of wood carving one of the best in the world, good people, eager to help, willing to share, a craft, an art,  anyone can enjoy.  Hope you enjoy the site as much as we do. Shalom.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath.” Proverbs 15:1