One of the great joys of wood carving is the opportunity to share carvings with others. Last June two of my good friends and colleagues retired from teaching. Ron was my principal and Milt was the teacher in the room next door to me. I worked with them for 21 years. We had a great working relationship. And we got to know each other.
Golf is one of Ron’s passions. I am sure he can find time for a few rounds now. So it seemed appropriate to carve a golfer. The design is not my own, the workmanship is. I included a bunch of thumbnail views so you would get the full effect. I am curious to know how well they show up for you. It is the first time I have used the thumbnail feature.
The figure is bass wood. The base is a cutoff from a black walnut branch. Acrylic paint and boiled linseed oil are the main part of the finish. I learned from Tom Wolfe to use felt tip markers to add lines to the shirt and socks. I am pleased with how those turned out.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Some times a craftsman has to branch out. He leaves his usual work behind or sets it aside to try something different. His roots are still in his original love and craft, but something new beckons. Even is other bark at him, he has to see what will come as a result of the new idea.
The kernel or bud of the idea takes shape in his mind. He plants the idea on paper or in clay. He grows the idea in his mind. He tries all different shades of the idea.
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Finally, his efforts bear fruit in a new project, a new technique, a new direction for his work, even though some friends and family might think he’s nuts.
Sometimes the idea turns into something really unique and pleasing, while other times he takes it out the garage to hide it or he sticks it into his car trunk to be disposed of elsewhere.
I really like the feeling of this piece. There are two different woods here, black walnut and butternut. But Rick has used different portions of the tree, heart wood, solid growth and sap wood. He even has some spalted walnut adding color to the piece. Another feature to enjoy in the piece, difficult to see in the photos, is the texture on the different parts of the work – rough cut, sanded, chiseled. The shapes, both positive and negative, give a great look to this work. Nice job, Rick.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21