Lynn Doughty is a carver I enjoy following. Here you get just three of his more recent, fine pieces. He has many useful and interesting techniques he willingly shares on his site listed below. Hope you can check him out. Well worth your time.
“Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” Prov 15:23.
As said before in other posts, there is great joy and satisfaction in finding “lost” or “useless” wood and giving it a new purpose. One of the places to look for such wood is on a beach or in a lake. Once found there are a great variety of options for creating beauty or using the beauty of the found piece. Let’s call one this Driftwood 1 or Beach Bones 1, since there is hopes of having more to share.
This piece stands in a cottage along the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a piece of pine driftwood mounted via a steel dowel on to a poplar base which has been spray painted glossy black.
Did you catch the shape. Once the piece was mounted it seem to trumpet treble clef. The effect was noticed by the entire family.
I love the contrasts in this piece. Note the glossy, smoothness of the finished base in contrast to the warm roughness of the wood. Also see the flowing curves of the “treble clef” in comparison to the clean, straight lines of the base and dowel.
One more thing to love about this piece is its hint of bone-likeness. The central dark ring gives the feeling of vertebrae and the light surround that of extended bone. Can’t you just see the tree which produced such a “bone?”
What wood have you been finding? What small or large pieces of wood have you or could you repurpose. Please do share in the comments here or drop me a line at email@example.com. Got questions about driftwood? Share them, please.
Final thought. Since repurpose or reuse is a theme here, those who know will understand the greatest repurpose in world history was a cross on a hill several hundreds of years ago. He is Risen. Shalom.
How does you critique or evaluate a carving, especially your own? One thing to try is to ask questions. Another is to make observations. So, here is one of my pieces. First question, do the textures seen in this view work together?
A second question, do the colors compete or support each other?
One could also ask, is the flow or movement in the piece?
An observation is that the church seems to fit the piece of wood, neither too large or too small for it. If the rule is thirds, then the church is about one third, stairs one third, and rocks one third.
Another observation is to note the repeat of color, red steps and red in the windows, brown cross and trim, around the windows, and in wood work. Perhaps there could have been some yellow lower down or in and open window to tie in the roof.
For some reason the cross titled to the side seems to work. It adds some movement to the entire piece. What do you think?
I know it has been a while since posting, but as you can see, carving continues. Hope yours has too.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Ps 23
Jim Redhawk demonstrates how to carve an eagle head from a cottonwood blank. My version posted here as soon as I get photos to share. Enjoy Redhawk’s lesson until then. Shalom.
“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Of course, you are asking yourself what this photo is all about. Well, if you haven’t skipped to the bottom and looked through the gallery yet, it is a mouth full of teeth. Not my original idea, I found it in one of the myriad of carving magazines lying around my carving space. This is a final post of a project shown earlier in 83 Big mouth 1 and 2. This is Big mouth 2 painted.
I didn’t want to make all the pictures large, but I thought at least these two would make a nice showing, giving the full effect of the piece. I really like the strong white on the teeth. It is acrylic white at full strength. I do like the softer blue for a hint of a hat and the natural red or umber of the unpainted wood for the face. Every piece teaches something for the next time. On this piece I would paint the gums a stronger red. Without it, there is some confusion about where the gum is and where the lip begins. Having said that, the piece is fun. Anyone interested in buying it? We can talk.
“Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! ” Proverbs 18
I just have to share a few photos of the Sequoias of California. It was a privilege and a blessing to walk among these great trees, grateful for their preservation and their beauty. I am only half joking about carving them. It would be grand to get some of this wood. I do carve cotton wood bark, so I had gone to the park hoping to be able to find a piece of Sequoia bark. After being there and touching one of the tree, I know better. The bark of these giants is spongy, made up of many small scales or flakes. I suspect it would not make a good base for a carving.
It is difficult to imagine trees this large, and then to imagine how much wood is in one. Not that I am in favor of cutting any of this beauties down, but, wow. I must say that, while the pictures are stunning, being in their presences is even better.
“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”
The pieces shown here are not done in wood. They are all clay. Home to them is a beautiful new museum in Tianjin, China. So what are these photos doing in a wood blog? Ideas, ideas, ideas. I love looking at how artists take the real world and make it in….you name it…clay, glass, plastic, fruit, yarn, paint, pencil, steel, junk, wire, string, paper, cloth. The variety is amazing, the talent, the creativity, stunning. The main character here has so many great details. Notice the tilt of his hat and the curl of the bill. No American teen could do it better. The shoes, both the one being repaired and his own, also have neat detail – thick soles, the kink of the leather, the stitching on his own, no laces. A wood carver could learn much from the angles of the limbs, head, and body. The fine details in the clothing – marks to indicate shadow or create shadow. And, we haven’t even begun to look at the two characters in the background. Enjoy. Would you share what details you find interesting in the others?
A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1