I have been showing the work of others for the past while. Thought it might be time to show something I have carved. These two pieces were begun at the end of last summer. They are now finished and hanging in our house. The work in progress is shown here. Will show the painted pieces soon, after I take a few more pictures. The carvings are roughly 18 long x 4 wide x 2 inches thick.
Both carvings are done in cottonwood bark. Last summer I revisited a lightening struck tree while on a family vacation. For years small sections or pieces have been falling off the tree. This past summer the tree’s entire bark skin came off. The morning we were to return home, while I still had an empty vehicle, I loaded up as much bark as would fit in my small SUV. I found some storage for the bark and was even able to squeeze a few pieces into the load returning home from vacation. Good thing we ate our way through some of supplies from the incoming trip. That left room for some bark.
I found inspiration for the pieces in a carving magazine. One picture gave the idea. The challenge was to get the correct cuts to recreate feeling of the photo. My dentist liked the pieces. Perhaps I will have to replace the bad spot in Big Mouth 1 with a gold filling.
Enjoy. Feed back is most welcome. Inquiries about purchasing pieces also.
“If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.” Proverbs 29:12
I like working with my hands, as you might have noticed. I also enjoy creativity. This does not have to be my own work, the creativity of others is attractive. I know many very creative people who do wonderful work. Their work is in wood, fiber, with pen or a computer. Here are four sites you might check out sometime. If you have others, please let me know and I will post them as well.
The first artist is Aaron Viles. His turned bowls and pens are elegant.
The second “artist” is Mel Jongsma. She did not do the drawings, she writes and the drawings go along with her stories.
The third artist is Jane Compeau. Jane displays a lot of interesting fabric, fiber work in addition to her own.
The forth artist is Rick Klompmaker, my older brother, who makes some truly eye catching boxes and canoe paddles. Only the boxes are sampled here.
I hope you will find the time to check out the work which I am only able to sample here.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23