In the last post I showed you carving I might even try, in fact, I have done pencils, but never pencil lead. Remember, summer has to get here for me to try the lead. Have you done any lead carving since the last post?
In this post there is work that I am pretty sure I will never do. Randall Boni does a masterful job with a chainsaw. Some carvers like their tools big, loud, and powerful. They are in to removing lots of wood fast. I like the smell of pine dust. But I do not like the smell of engine exhaust so much. I also like having ten fingers on my two hands. I do enough damage to them with knives, gouges, and sandpaper. Can you imagine what would happen with some bigger?
The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience. —Oswald Chambers
I really like the idea of recycling. It just makes lots of sense. That is one reason I enjoy carving old wood: chair spindles, stair railings, barn boards, cut offs, thread spools. And of course, that is also one reason I am attracted to the material below.
Here is a quote from a post sent to me. The photos and the work are great. “All the old cottonwood trees in the area of Craig, Colorado, had some disease and needed to be removed. So the city council approved a Chainsaw competition in the park and offered a prize. The attached pictures are a result of the competition in the park. Great artists! Great public service.”
Of course this is only the teaser picture. The rest are in the gallery. “Hats off” to Craig, Colorado for making such great use of lost trees. And a double hats off carvers for their good work. My favorites are the Trolls, the Kids, and the Giraffes. Which ones do you like?
While I do not care for chains saws myself, I am always impressed with the skill others have developed using them. Again, more food for thought when it comes to my own wood carving. I have my eye on the giraffe piece. That might look great in a piece of bass or even a chunk of cotton wood bark. I would add some paint to them to catch the distinctive giraffe markings and give another layer of variety to a carving.
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God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God. He has already lived all our tomorrows as He has lived all our yesterdays. —A.W. Tozer