Monday, November 28, 2011

A little more Santa

Here is a small Santa that is based on a design by Mike Shipley. Even using his knives, I still haven't quite managed the flat plane style of carving, but I still liked the design and simplicity of the piece. I shrunk it down a bit and did some cry-brush painting and such on the fur trim and other changes I made. My wifey likes him!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Plate

I've been quite busy the past few weeks. I presented a carving program at the las t carving club meeting, based on the tutorial for carving a Santa ornament that I did for the Lumberjocks web site. ANd I am trying to get a lot of stuff ready for the holiday bazaar at my church. I decided to try one of these plates. It combines intaglio and sunken-relief carving techniques and is based on a design in a WCI holiday magazine from a year or two back. Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Twilight" Santas

He prefers to move around at night, flys through the air, and is very fond of the color red…...could Santa be a vampire? Probably not, but IF he was, he might look like this! The “Twilight” series of books and movies about vampires and werewolves have some fanatical followers. I made several of these ornaments last year, including one for my boss, Vicki, and they were snapped up pretty quick. I figured if people were fanatical enough to stay up all night to see the movie premieres, they would probably love just about anything with long pointy teeth! I also took a shot at making some earrings, modeled by my lovely daughter Ashley. They looked good enough that Ashley has already snatched both pairs, but I’m not sure if I’ll make more. They’re kinda small to carve and it’s a pain to haver to make them match! We’ll see, since I have plenty of extra hardware.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Carve a Santa Ornament

Here's a link to a tutorial I did on carving an ornament. This is my version of the "no-see-um" style of carvings by Don Worley and is a really simple version to carve, if you are interested in learning to carve. Thanks for looking and any comments or advise on the tutorial would be appreciated! Like, is it too long? too short? not enough info? hard to uinderstand?