This is my 200th post. That should be something special. The picture below combines two of my favorite hobbies. One is obviously wood carving. The other is reading. What better thing to carve than books. (By the way, I just finished an excellent and informative book entitled, “China’s Examination Hell.”)
The books are carved from several different types of wood – white pine, basswood, and cedar. I enjoy trying to create pieces that look like old, leather-bound, well-loved books. Most are in private collections in Michigan.
Some day I may find time to tell you about other hobbies I have – learning foreign languages, collecting sand samples, drawing, propagating succulents. What hobbies do you have?
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Prov 15:13
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
Have you tried to sell your art, craft, creations? If so, the list below will resonate. Got any more to add? I have always been tempted to keep an old carving knife and a block of wood handy at a sale so I can hand it to the person who claims one of these. Have thought better of it, but the temptation has been there.
The other temptation is a smart aleck comment or sarcastic retort. Have also refrained from said sly replies. Better for my soul and the outlook on the day. Most would be oblivious to such comments anyway.
Hoping your next sale goes well.
“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” Prov 15:2
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
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
This project is seen here in photos of photos, thus the weak picture quality. It is one of the larger pieces I have done and is part of a private collection in Michigan.
It is a solid block of basswood approximately 15 x 12x 10. I give the dimensions because so much of the work was measuring, cross checking and re-measuring to get a close replica of Big Red. While I did enjoy creating this piece, the measuring and careful rechecking rank right there with sanding near the bottom of my carving tasks list of things to do.
Big Red? Yes, the Holland, Michigan lighthouse at the entrance where Lake Macatawa empties into Lake Michigan at Holland. The carving was done in a red wash while the real lighthouse is a deeper red. Compare the two photos of the l lighthouse in different weather and lighting.
Hope your projects are going well.
“An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” Prov 14:5
Carvings shown here will be offered for sale by a friend of ours back in the States while we reside here in Beijing.
The first picture shows an array of bark pieces, houses, churches, and a light house/sailboat. It shows the kind of variety I try to have at a sale. For me, this is a combination of what I like and what kinds of pieces have sold in the past, always a marketing challenge.
The second shows event more variety. Here a larger lighthouse, a book carved out of white pine, a sparrow and a related verse from the Bible, and a basswood relief of a recognizable viking.
What would you consider a good variety for a sale? How many carvings would you bring? How do you go about pricing your pieces?
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Prov 14:8