April 2017 News

Week one of Bali Mask Carving and I had finished one mask, that is often referred to as instructor assisted.  Anom would show me the step by doing it on one side and I would try to replicate it on the other side.  The smiling face mask was my second mask.  The bottom right is what Anom was working on that first week.  

This marking tool was one that Anom Inherited from his grandfather.  It is basically a notched square with the three dimensions needed for cutting out blanks for a mask.  Almost all masks that are worn use these proportions with slight variations if you would want an especially long nose or extra on top for some sort of hair.   

This marking tool was one that Anom Inherited from his grandfather.  It is basically a notched square with the three dimensions needed for cutting out blanks for a mask.  Almost all masks that are worn use these proportions with slight variations if you would want an especially long nose or extra on top for some sort of hair.   

A few days after I got there Anom had his friend come over and cut mask blanks from a freshly cut Pule tree that had fallen in a local temple.  The tree had just come down about 2 weeks before I got there.  His friend was incredibly skilled with the chainsaw.  You can see the marking square in his hand.  After cutting the logs into disks of the correct length the two of them figured out how to get the maximum number of blanks from each round.  There ended up with almost no waste and the corner of the pie shaped piece was often saved for ears.  

A few days after I got there Anom had his friend come over and cut mask blanks from a freshly cut Pule tree that had fallen in a local temple.  The tree had just come down about 2 weeks before I got there.  His friend was incredibly skilled with the chainsaw.  You can see the marking square in his hand.  After cutting the logs into disks of the correct length the two of them figured out how to get the maximum number of blanks from each round.  There ended up with almost no waste and the corner of the pie shaped piece was often saved for ears.  

The next morning I arrived to this beautiful stack of mask blanks waiting for carving.  Because of the careful planning there was almost no waste.  

The next morning I arrived to this beautiful stack of mask blanks waiting for carving.  Because of the careful planning there was almost no waste.  

I was introduced to a couple of brand new tools.  In the past carving at the weekend workshops Anom has brought us roughed out blanks.  Now I got to use the layout tool, a large Balinese hatchet and an ax to try to get the piece of wood to that same roughed out state.  So I spent about 8+ hours learning, or trying to learn to use these new tools.  It was very humbling to say the least.  It has also renewed my empathy level for new woodcarvers as well. 

I was introduced to a couple of brand new tools.  In the past carving at the weekend workshops Anom has brought us roughed out blanks.  Now I got to use the layout tool, a large Balinese hatchet and an ax to try to get the piece of wood to that same roughed out state.  So I spent about 8+ hours learning, or trying to learn to use these new tools.  It was very humbling to say the least.  It has also renewed my empathy level for new woodcarvers as well. 

After roughing out a blank with some Pule wood that was drier, I got to try the fresh cut wood.  Maybe I was just nervous starting on such a special piece of wood, but I swear the wood was vibrating.  It was exhausting work but what a feeling of accomplishment just to get it to this point.  

After roughing out a blank with some Pule wood that was drier, I got to try the fresh cut wood.  Maybe I was just nervous starting on such a special piece of wood, but I swear the wood was vibrating.  It was exhausting work but what a feeling of accomplishment just to get it to this point.  

I should know this by now: Don't temp the Gods!  Working away on my smiling faced mask and having lovely conversations with Anom on teaching, family, state of the world, etc. Foolish me I say "I have never carved though the front of a mask"  The Gods smacked me down for my smug remark.  I held the mask up to the light and I had literally come paper thin in one spot.  You could probably read through the wood it was so thin.  Humbling.  

I should know this by now: Don't temp the Gods!  Working away on my smiling faced mask and having lovely conversations with Anom on teaching, family, state of the world, etc. Foolish me I say "I have never carved though the front of a mask"  The Gods smacked me down for my smug remark.  I held the mask up to the light and I had literally come paper thin in one spot.  You could probably read through the wood it was so thin.  Humbling.  

Most  days at the hot part of the day I would put water on my head and lay on the cool tile floor to cool down.  After my near disaster I spent extra time looking at these beautiful carvings.  

Most  days at the hot part of the day I would put water on my head and lay on the cool tile floor to cool down.  After my near disaster I spent extra time looking at these beautiful carvings.  

Week one mask. Pule wood (some of the older, drier wood) The dark marks under the eyes are pitch pockets.  I love where they ended up but had nothing to do with that.  We call that lucky carving.  Photo by P. Walton

Week one mask. Pule wood (some of the older, drier wood) The dark marks under the eyes are pitch pockets.  I love where they ended up but had nothing to do with that.  We call that lucky carving.  Photo by P. Walton

Week one smiling mask. Pule wood (freshly cut Pule wood, repaired "almost" carve through )  Photo by P. Walton

Week one smiling mask. Pule wood (freshly cut Pule wood, repaired "almost" carve through )  Photo by P. Walton

Week two it was on to doing all the steps myself and using a new wood, Hibiscus.  It was much harder and denser than the Pule but wonderful to carve since it has beautiful colors that are especially vivid when first cut.  The piece of wood was about four finger longer than the normal mask length and I choose to leave that so that I could use it for "hair." 

Week two it was on to doing all the steps myself and using a new wood, Hibiscus.  It was much harder and denser than the Pule but wonderful to carve since it has beautiful colors that are especially vivid when first cut.  The piece of wood was about four finger longer than the normal mask length and I choose to leave that so that I could use it for "hair." 

It was so fun carving the Hibiscus wood.  I never knew what would surface as I carved.  The coloring was marbled and not like any wood I have ever carved before.  Carving the wood wet is such a different way of working.  

It was so fun carving the Hibiscus wood.  I never knew what would surface as I carved.  The coloring was marbled and not like any wood I have ever carved before.  Carving the wood wet is such a different way of working.  

By the end of the week the Hibiscus was about 75% done.  I have continued working on it since my return.  Photos by P. Walton

By the end of the week the Hibiscus was about 75% done.  I have continued working on it since my return.  Photos by P. Walton

Anom not only is a fabulous carver and teacher he is also a community leader.  Here he is preparing offerings for families that are about to start building.  He carefully inscribes text and images on various objects that will go at the base of the building.    

Anom not only is a fabulous carver and teacher he is also a community leader.  Here he is preparing offerings for families that are about to start building.  He carefully inscribes text and images on various objects that will go at the base of the building.  
 

The doors to my room. Each set of doors in the building were carved with similar but individual floral designs.   Everywhere there was such beauty.  

The doors to my room. Each set of doors in the building were carved with similar but individual floral designs.   Everywhere there was such beauty.  

My alarm clock, 5 year old Gustu.  Every morning I would hear the doors lightly rattle and this little voice calling " Sheri, Sheri are you awake?"  In the evening I would ask what he learned at school and he would proudly say "Transportation"  He also shared his cold with me.  

My alarm clock, 5 year old Gustu.  Every morning I would hear the doors lightly rattle and this little voice calling " Sheri, Sheri are you awake?"  In the evening I would ask what he learned at school and he would proudly say "Transportation"  He also shared his cold with me.  

The hardest thing for me was the traffic.  I have never seen so many scooters.  They drive on the opposite side of the street and pedestrians have no right of way.  I couldn't tell what the rules of the road were but it all seemed to somehow work.  

The hardest thing for me was the traffic.  I have never seen so many scooters.  They drive on the opposite side of the street and pedestrians have no right of way.  I couldn't tell what the rules of the road were but it all seemed to somehow work.  

My most gracious hosts, Anom and Dayu.  I was treated so well.  

My most gracious hosts, Anom and Dayu.  I was treated so well.  

I stayed with Dayu's mother just around the corner from where I was working.  She was an amazing cook and made sure I had breakfast and dinner.  She spent many hours of the day making some of the leaf baskets for the daily offerings.  I loved watching her make them.  There was not a wasted movement.  

I stayed with Dayu's mother just around the corner from where I was working.  She was an amazing cook and made sure I had breakfast and dinner.  She spent many hours of the day making some of the leaf baskets for the daily offerings.  I loved watching her make them.  There was not a wasted movement.  

Here is the last day carving.  Ketut, in the background, sands many of Anom's mask's.  Some of you have heard my story of Made, the lovely gentleman that packed up my tools and masks for my return home.  He carefully packed everything and did a wonderful job.  Anom was on the phone when he was done so I asked him if I could give him something for his work.  He really spoke no English  so I reached into my wallet and handed him a bill.  He was ever so gracious and motioned thank you with a big smile.  Later that night since I had a hard time with converting rupiahs I checked my phone app and to my horror found that I had given him a 14 cent tip.  Luckily I saw him the next day and was able to give him a more appropriate tip.  We both had a good laugh about it.   

Here is the last day carving.  Ketut, in the background, sands many of Anom's mask's.  Some of you have heard my story of Made, the lovely gentleman that packed up my tools and masks for my return home.  He carefully packed everything and did a wonderful job.  Anom was on the phone when he was done so I asked him if I could give him something for his work.  He really spoke no English  so I reached into my wallet and handed him a bill.  He was ever so gracious and motioned thank you with a big smile.  Later that night since I had a hard time with converting rupiahs I checked my phone app and to my horror found that I had given him a 14 cent tip.  Luckily I saw him the next day and was able to give him a more appropriate tip.  We both had a good laugh about it.   

I carved next to this wonderful stone carving everyday.  

I carved next to this wonderful stone carving everyday.  

Tool sharpening in Bali is very different than what we do here.  It seems as if the stones are sort of in between oil stones and water stones. They are softer than oil stones but used with water.  There is no slurry from the stone like when you use a water stone.   

Tool sharpening in Bali is very different than what we do here.  It seems as if the stones are sort of in between oil stones and water stones. They are softer than oil stones but used with water.  There is no slurry from the stone like when you use a water stone.   

Can't wait to go back.  

Can't wait to go back.  

Posted on April 4, 2017 .

February 2017 News

I am heading off to Bali to be a carving student with Mask carver  IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN.  Upper left mask is a traditional Balinese mask by Anom.  Below that is my first Bali Style mask that I did with some assistance from Anom.  The other two are Bali style masks that I did on my own.  I have no idea what I will be carving while I am in Bali.  Maybe it will be more of the traditional style and maybe more Sheri style.  

I am heading off to Bali to be a carving student with Mask carver  IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN.  Upper left mask is a traditional Balinese mask by Anom.  Below that is my first Bali Style mask that I did with some assistance from Anom.  The other two are Bali style masks that I did on my own.  I have no idea what I will be carving while I am in Bali.  Maybe it will be more of the traditional style and maybe more Sheri style.  

One of my favorite teaching assignments is to teach multi generations.  In January Dave's wife, daughter and several female family members made the trip to DC to join the Women's march after the inauguration.  While the Women folk were off marching Dave and his son Chris and Grandson Zachary joined him for the day carving.  I loved having the family carving together.

One of my favorite teaching assignments is to teach multi generations.  In January Dave's wife, daughter and several female family members made the trip to DC to join the Women's march after the inauguration.  While the Women folk were off marching Dave and his son Chris and Grandson Zachary joined him for the day carving.  I loved having the family carving together.

Welcome to new Grapes and Leaves graduate, Owen.   

Welcome to new Grapes and Leaves graduate, Owen.   

Lee's look of surprise is perhaps because she thought she would never finish the Grapes and Leaves. She did and it looks good.  

Lee's look of surprise is perhaps because she thought she would never finish the Grapes and Leaves. She did and it looks good.  

Sasha finished his grapes and leaves in two weeks.  He is a natural at carving.  

Sasha finished his grapes and leaves in two weeks.  He is a natural at carving.  

Devon made this case in a local makers' workshop but did a massive amount of wood-burning in the carving studio.  He also made a beautiful ribbon maple handle.  

Devon made this case in a local makers' workshop but did a massive amount of wood-burning in the carving studio.  He also made a beautiful ribbon maple handle.  

The kids class at the Randall After school class are an amazing bunch this time.  They all finished their flower carving and are carving bowls, spoons, sporks and fish.  

The kids class at the Randall After school class are an amazing bunch this time.  They all finished their flower carving and are carving bowls, spoons, sporks and fish.  

Tim is carving fish for a fish rattle.  Knife work is a more advanced skill and he is handling it like a pro.  

Tim is carving fish for a fish rattle.  Knife work is a more advanced skill and he is handling it like a pro.  

Ronan is a returning student at the Randall Kids carving class and has been working really hard on his totem/Tiki pole.  I am so proud of how his skill level has just continued to increase.  Good Job! It is a really challenging project.  

Ronan is a returning student at the Randall Kids carving class and has been working really hard on his totem/Tiki pole.  I am so proud of how his skill level has just continued to increase.  Good Job! It is a really challenging project.  

More wood-burning by Echo. 

More wood-burning by Echo. 

I was asked to carve letters to go above the plaque I carved last year.  It was fun to revisit an old piece and see that it was doing okay.  

I was asked to carve letters to go above the plaque I carved last year.  It was fun to revisit an old piece and see that it was doing okay.  

I have been doing several rush jobs for some fraternity groups.  It is always challenging and fun.   You should have seen me flipping the 4'x8' sheets of plywood around on my bench and I only cut into the bench once.  

I have been doing several rush jobs for some fraternity groups.  It is always challenging and fun.   You should have seen me flipping the 4'x8' sheets of plywood around on my bench and I only cut into the bench once.  

Now picture me doing this in a lovely tropical setting.  I'm off to carve in Bali for 2 weeks. 

Now picture me doing this in a lovely tropical setting.  I'm off to carve in Bali for 2 weeks. 

Posted on April 3, 2017 .

Remembering a Special Woodcarver

 Erin Tucker with a hand carved bowl, colored as was her style in the brightest colors she could find. On October 11, 2016 Erin went to "carve with the Angels"  

 Erin Tucker with a hand carved bowl, colored as was her style in the brightest colors she could find. On October 11, 2016 Erin went to "carve with the Angels"  

Erin had her very own style which always included beautiful colors and her unique interpretation of the ordinary which always came out looking extraordinary. 

Erin had her very own style which always included beautiful colors and her unique interpretation of the ordinary which always came out looking extraordinary. 

Her work was always colorful and full of joy.    

Her work was always colorful and full of joy.    

Posted on December 26, 2016 .

October News

Welcome to new Grapes and Leaves graduate, Ray.  

Welcome to new Grapes and Leaves graduate, Ray.  

Although Catherine finished this box last month it had to wait for the newsletter since it was an anniversary gift for her sweetie, Erik.  This was a hand carved box from a piece of Plum wood.  The top was sliced off and the bark remained.  A lovely contrast to the highly polished woodgrain.  

Although Catherine finished this box last month it had to wait for the newsletter since it was an anniversary gift for her sweetie, Erik.  This was a hand carved box from a piece of Plum wood.  The top was sliced off and the bark remained.  A lovely contrast to the highly polished woodgrain.  

Echo's little sister,  5 and 3/4 year old Sephy, finished her flower.  She didn't let a broken arm keep her from finishing.  

Echo's little sister,  5 and 3/4 year old Sephy, finished her flower.  She didn't let a broken arm keep her from finishing.  

Echo carved and colored this deep relief Skunk.  She did a great job coloring the piece to really accentuate the the deep carving.  

Echo carved and colored this deep relief Skunk.  She did a great job coloring the piece to really accentuate the the deep carving.  

Art for the past 4 years has hand made Christmas ornaments for his grandkids.  This years carved and painted angels turned out really nice.  They are not overly detailed or carved and have a wonderful folk "Art" feel.  Lucky Grandkids.  

Art for the past 4 years has hand made Christmas ornaments for his grandkids.  This years carved and painted angels turned out really nice.  They are not overly detailed or carved and have a wonderful folk "Art" feel.  Lucky Grandkids.  

I was driving a few days back and saw a sign saying Free Firewood.  You know what that means to a woodcarver.  I picked up this piece of Liquid Amber. It is a section of the trunk where several large branches originate. I am hoping there will be some interesting grain.  

I was driving a few days back and saw a sign saying Free Firewood.  You know what that means to a woodcarver.  I picked up this piece of Liquid Amber. It is a section of the trunk where several large branches originate. I am hoping there will be some interesting grain.  

Posted on November 6, 2016 .

September 2016 News

I have been using some of my Balinese mask carving skills and trying out carving  some green wood for a mask.  I got this wood from my friend Susan Koenig from a large tree branch she had to remove.  It was quite wet and easy to rough out.  

I have been using some of my Balinese mask carving skills and trying out carving  some green wood for a mask.  I got this wood from my friend Susan Koenig from a large tree branch she had to remove.  It was quite wet and easy to rough out.  

I find the inside of the mask almost more interesting than the front.  

I find the inside of the mask almost more interesting than the front.  

These two really old African pieces came into the studio for repair last week.  I was so honored to be trusted to do the work.  On the Male headpiece it had a very old nail attaching one of the horns. I had to gently pull it apart, scrape away the old glue, cut down the nail and slightly enlarge the hole enough that the pieces could meet cleanly.  The female piece had the neck of the baby broken and it was really challenging to get it back together.  There was no way to clamp it.    

These two really old African pieces came into the studio for repair last week.  I was so honored to be trusted to do the work.  On the Male headpiece it had a very old nail attaching one of the horns. I had to gently pull it apart, scrape away the old glue, cut down the nail and slightly enlarge the hole enough that the pieces could meet cleanly.  The female piece had the neck of the baby broken and it was really challenging to get it back together.  There was no way to clamp it.    

Got a picture of the pieces before I repaired them but didn't get one of the completed pieces. 

Got a picture of the pieces before I repaired them but didn't get one of the completed pieces. 

Lorraine finished up this wonderful Chinese Elm abstract piece.  She used the existing cracks to guide her design.  The dark heart wood is exposed in some of the creases and makes the whole piece quite dramatic.  

Lorraine finished up this wonderful Chinese Elm abstract piece.  She used the existing cracks to guide her design.  The dark heart wood is exposed in some of the creases and makes the whole piece quite dramatic.  

Here are some finished projects from the past month.  George and Amelia both finished up carved basswood flowers.  Dave finished his lovely St. Francis sculpture that was inspired by a Benny Bufano piece.  Rise completed this stylized bird carved from African Mahogany.  It finished to such a lovely sheen but I think we all agreed that African Mahogany is REALLY difficult to carved and to sand.  Best left for cabinetry rather than carving.  

Here are some finished projects from the past month.  George and Amelia both finished up carved basswood flowers.  Dave finished his lovely St. Francis sculpture that was inspired by a Benny Bufano piece.  Rise completed this stylized bird carved from African Mahogany.  It finished to such a lovely sheen but I think we all agreed that African Mahogany is REALLY difficult to carved and to sand.  Best left for cabinetry rather than carving.  

Welcome to the new Grapes and Leaves Graduates, Brian, 13 year old brothers Jacob and Gabriel and Alison.  A special welcome to Ellen Crouch starting her Grapes and Leaves.  Ellen is the daughter of Al Crouch, the wonderful carver that taught me how to carve letters.  

Welcome to the new Grapes and Leaves Graduates, Brian, 13 year old brothers Jacob and Gabriel and Alison.  A special welcome to Ellen Crouch starting her Grapes and Leaves.  Ellen is the daughter of Al Crouch, the wonderful carver that taught me how to carve letters.  

Even though her due date was yesterday, Tracy made it to class today and finished up a beautiful Walnut stirring  spatula.  Two weeks ago she put the final finishing touches on the second of her candle holders.  Dedication.  

Even though her due date was yesterday, Tracy made it to class today and finished up a beautiful Walnut stirring  spatula.  Two weeks ago she put the final finishing touches on the second of her candle holders.  Dedication.  

Posted on October 27, 2016 .

A Look Back to 1984

Back in 1984 I carved the presidential seal for the podium of the Democratic Convention.  That was the year that Geraldine Ferraro ran as the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.  Check out some of the pictures below.  

Back when I first started teaching woodcarving I carved the Presidential Seal for the podium for the Democratic Convention that was held in San Francisco that year.  That was a few years ago.  

Back when I first started teaching woodcarving I carved the Presidential Seal for the podium for the Democratic Convention that was held in San Francisco that year.  That was a few years ago.  

Here are my woodworking and woodcarving partners for this project.  Al Croutch carved the letters.  He taught me letter carving.  He is still going strong at 90+ years.  Jon Lopez was the founder of the woodworking school were I taught my very first beginning woodcarving class.  He painted and installed the plaque.  The paint needed to be exacting and specific colors to "read" correctly on the TV screen.  

Here are my woodworking and woodcarving partners for this project.  Al Croutch carved the letters.  He taught me letter carving.  He is still going strong at 90+ years.  Jon Lopez was the founder of the woodworking school were I taught my very first beginning woodcarving class.  He painted and installed the plaque.  The paint needed to be exacting and specific colors to "read" correctly on the TV screen.  

Posted on August 15, 2016 .

August 2016 News

Here are the results of the final days of the from both of the Bali mask carving workshops.  Everyone got far enough along to finish on their own.  Lots of diversity this year. 

Here are the results of the final days of the from both of the Bali mask carving workshops.  Everyone got far enough along to finish on their own.  Lots of diversity this year. 

This year I came up with a portable and adjustable workbench that allowed some of the carvers to successfully work sitting on a chair rather than sitting on the floor in the traditional Balinese style.  

This year I came up with a portable and adjustable workbench that allowed some of the carvers to successfully work sitting on a chair rather than sitting on the floor in the traditional Balinese style.  

Art decided on a clear wax finish for his smiling fisherman mask.  Patrick's mask is a portrait of his dog.  He will add some leather floppy ears and he woodburned the nose and eyes.  

Art decided on a clear wax finish for his smiling fisherman mask.  Patrick's mask is a portrait of his dog.  He will add some leather floppy ears and he woodburned the nose and eyes.  

Madeleine attended both of the workshops and came away with the laughing sister masks.  

Madeleine attended both of the workshops and came away with the laughing sister masks.  

Elena is finishing up her female Native American mask as a companion piece to her male mask from a previous Balinese Mask carving workshop. 

Elena is finishing up her female Native American mask as a companion piece to her male mask from a previous Balinese Mask carving workshop. 

In spite of my goofy smile I had so much fun.  Both of the masks that I worked on in these two workshops had smiles.  

In spite of my goofy smile I had so much fun.  Both of the masks that I worked on in these two workshops had smiles.  

The mask that I carved for the first workshop has a maroon acrylic wash on the back that comes through to the front for the lips, nostrils and eye lids. I worked really hard on trying to maintain the symmetry of this mask as I worked on it.  

The mask that I carved for the first workshop has a maroon acrylic wash on the back that comes through to the front for the lips, nostrils and eye lids. I worked really hard on trying to maintain the symmetry of this mask as I worked on it.  

My mask from the second workshop was more playful.  I didn't have an image in mind when I was carving but was trying for a peaceful smile.  I had lots of fun making the feather duster hair.  I actually took apart and reassembled a duster that I had been keeping for the feathers.  

My mask from the second workshop was more playful.  I didn't have an image in mind when I was carving but was trying for a peaceful smile.  I had lots of fun making the feather duster hair.  I actually took apart and reassembled a duster that I had been keeping for the feathers.  

Welcome to Grapes and leaves graduates, George, Jasper, Serenity, Niki and Cara.  Nice job!

Welcome to Grapes and leaves graduates, George, Jasper, Serenity, Niki and Cara.  Nice job!

Angel finished his Grapes and Leaves and a sweet little exotic wood heart for his very soon to be wife.  Congratulations!  Art finished his trout carving.  The low relief basswood fish was smoothed and the background left with a tooled texture and then colored with  diluted antique writing ink to get a cool watery background. 

Angel finished his Grapes and Leaves and a sweet little exotic wood heart for his very soon to be wife.  Congratulations!  Art finished his trout carving.  The low relief basswood fish was smoothed and the background left with a tooled texture and then colored with  diluted antique writing ink to get a cool watery background. 

More completed projects.  Jasper, (Simon's visiting cousin) completed a incised and wood burned letter.  Amelia shows off her Pterodactyl walking stick carved from alder.  Dave completed these lovely salad tongs from a log of Chinese elm he saved from the fire wood pile.  Good save Dave.  Tracy completed and put finish on her French Horn inspired  Cherrywood bowl.  

More completed projects.  Jasper, (Simon's visiting cousin) completed a incised and wood burned letter.  Amelia shows off her Pterodactyl walking stick carved from alder.  Dave completed these lovely salad tongs from a log of Chinese elm he saved from the fire wood pile.  Good save Dave.  Tracy completed and put finish on her French Horn inspired  Cherrywood bowl.  

DC Bill's Granddaughter, Josie, carved this beautiful deep relief carving as her second basswood carving.  

DC Bill's Granddaughter, Josie, carved this beautiful deep relief carving as her second basswood carving.  

DC Bill with his Big Boot.  A hard project to clamp but we now have it secured to the bench with a strap clamp.

DC Bill with his Big Boot.  A hard project to clamp but we now have it secured to the bench with a strap clamp.

Camille hand carved this base of Kiri wood to hold these glass "ribs."  Each piece has a small hollow recessed to locate and prevent the glass from rotating.  It is almost impossible to see the hollow so the glass appears to be sitting on a completely flat piece of wood. 

Camille hand carved this base of Kiri wood to hold these glass "ribs."  Each piece has a small hollow recessed to locate and prevent the glass from rotating.  It is almost impossible to see the hollow so the glass appears to be sitting on a completely flat piece of wood. 

Posted on August 15, 2016 .

July 2016 News

Don't miss the talk by Master carver IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN. (http://www.balimaskmaking.com/about/) JULY 1 7-9 PM at my studio. The suggested artist donation is $20. I know I go on and on about this but really folks, this man is magical and you will learn so much.

Don't miss the talk by Master carver IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN. (http://www.balimaskmaking.com/about/) JULY 1 7-9 PM at my studio. The suggested artist donation is $20. I know I go on and on about this but really folks, this man is magical and you will learn so much.

Here is this last weeks outdoor set up.  I rigged up for some shade and the new wood top made a great work surface once I got it off of the truck. 

Here is this last weeks outdoor set up.  I rigged up for some shade and the new wood top made a great work surface once I got it off of the truck. 

Some of the campers carved the name tags. i don't know how many name tags were make but at least 50. Big project.

Some of the campers carved the name tags. i don't know how many name tags were make but at least 50. Big project.

David of course did the grapes and leaves but for his second project worked on a carving sampler with letter carving, shell, and texture samples.

David of course did the grapes and leaves but for his second project worked on a carving sampler with letter carving, shell, and texture samples.

Sandee carved a walking stick for her second project. Here she is making used of two crossed tree trunks to hold her staff for rounding with the spoke shave.

Sandee carved a walking stick for her second project. Here she is making used of two crossed tree trunks to hold her staff for rounding with the spoke shave.

A close up of the top of Sandee's walking stick.

A close up of the top of Sandee's walking stick.

The first part of my week was to help folks to carve or stamp a name tag. Sharon used punches and markers to come up with a really fun and memorable name tag.

The first part of my week was to help folks to carve or stamp a name tag. Sharon used punches and markers to come up with a really fun and memorable name tag.

Here is a view of my accommodations. The mosquito net worked great up until the last night.

Here is a view of my accommodations. The mosquito net worked great up until the last night.

Sandra worked on an Inuit inspired bear carved from Jelutong. The pink buckets contained some woodblocks for printing fabric carved by Doreen. They were soaking in mineral oil to protect them from the ink. They were carved from end grain maple and Doreen was able to get some fine detail.

Sandra worked on an Inuit inspired bear carved from Jelutong. The pink buckets contained some woodblocks for printing fabric carved by Doreen. They were soaking in mineral oil to protect them from the ink. They were carved from end grain maple and Doreen was able to get some fine detail.

Here is our group at the group show on the final day. I have to say it was a lot of work but the carvers were fabulous and the atmosphere wonderful. Great Fun!

Here is our group at the group show on the final day. I have to say it was a lot of work but the carvers were fabulous and the atmosphere wonderful. Great Fun!

Posted on July 25, 2016 .