February 2018 News

 
 Jim and Josey finished Grapes and Leaves.  This is part one of a school project that Josey is working on for school.  Part two is a scale model carving of a totem pole.  

Jim and Josey finished Grapes and Leaves.  This is part one of a school project that Josey is working on for school.  Part two is a scale model carving of a totem pole.  

 Alex finished this low relief carving from basswood.  The letters are wood-burned.  

Alex finished this low relief carving from basswood.  The letters are wood-burned.  

 Martha has finished 2 ash mallets and is now working on spoons and more spoons.  

Martha has finished 2 ash mallets and is now working on spoons and more spoons.  

 So here are some more of Martha's spoons.  The tiny spoon is just barely two inches long.  She is experimenting with size, shape, function and wood.  

So here are some more of Martha's spoons.  The tiny spoon is just barely two inches long.  She is experimenting with size, shape, function and wood.  

 Rise carved several spoons for the holiday season.  Here is a beautiful walnut serving spoon.  Is it a utensil or is it sculpture?  Maybe both.  

Rise carved several spoons for the holiday season.  Here is a beautiful walnut serving spoon.  Is it a utensil or is it sculpture?  Maybe both.  

 My Wednesday Randall class finished their first project.  This is the first time that I have taught beginners and not had them carve the infamous Grapes and Leaves.  This is a spoon and bowl carving class and I had to figure out how to teach the basics in a modified format.  My solution was to have each one carve a copy of my Grape rounding sample that I use for the grapes and leaves students.  I am reserving judgement on how well this will work.   

My Wednesday Randall class finished their first project.  This is the first time that I have taught beginners and not had them carve the infamous Grapes and Leaves.  This is a spoon and bowl carving class and I had to figure out how to teach the basics in a modified format.  My solution was to have each one carve a copy of my Grape rounding sample that I use for the grapes and leaves students.  I am reserving judgement on how well this will work.   

 Another Randall cherry wood spoon from the past. 

Another Randall cherry wood spoon from the past. 

 Mahogany spoon from a past Randall Kid's class.  

Mahogany spoon from a past Randall Kid's class.
 

 A trip down Memory Lane: Echo wood-burning the final touches on her spoon that she carved for her mother about two years ago.  

A trip down Memory Lane: Echo wood-burning the final touches on her spoon that she carved for her mother about two years ago.  

 Another past spoon.  Carved by Simon. 

Another past spoon.  Carved by Simon. 

 This is a sign commission that is for a neighbor.  I was so happy that I was able to use some scrap that I got from the Cabinet shop.  It was old growth redwood shiplap siding.  Beautiful tight vertical grain. Since it was only a scant 3/4" I used an second piece to cut out and do a "plant-on" floral carving.  The piece was originally designed to have the flowers pointing up.  When it was all done I thought it looked better with the flowers pointing down.  

This is a sign commission that is for a neighbor.  I was so happy that I was able to use some scrap that I got from the Cabinet shop.  It was old growth redwood shiplap siding.  Beautiful tight vertical grain. Since it was only a scant 3/4" I used an second piece to cut out and do a "plant-on" floral carving.  The piece was originally designed to have the flowers pointing up.  When it was all done I thought it looked better with the flowers pointing down.  

 Had a commission piece for a carved bear.  Here are some process pics of the Claro Walnut Bear

Had a commission piece for a carved bear.  Here are some process pics of the Claro Walnut Bear

 Here he is all done.  Note to self: "When you know the price they want to pay is too low , just say NO."  

Here he is all done.  Note to self: "When you know the price they want to pay is too low , just say NO."