Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone!! As always I'm busy with Whittlebears and things.

Here are a few pics to see of my works in progress.

A bunch of Whittlebears in various stages of completion.



A 5" long by 1" in diameter spiral ornament in poplar still being hollowed out.


A 2 3/4" tall by 1 3/4" wide snow man pin in pine waiting for paint.


Here's a 4 1/4" long by 1 5/8" high Comfort Bird carved in pine waiting for a eye and strap to hang him on the tree.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Siamese Whittlebears



This is carved from a corner of a Clementine box. I think it's a pine of some sort. It's 4" tall by 1 1/4" wide by 5/8" deep. Still not sure if I will separate them.

Maybe this is what I'll do with all them Clementine box corners I have.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Patriotic Ribbon Pin

I carved this 2 1/4 inch wide by 2 1/4 inch high red white and blue ribbon bow from pine, painted it with acrylics and sprayed it with several coats of matte Krylon.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I borrowed an idea from my wife and carved an Easter Bunny pin. She crochets bunnies from her own pattern using yarn leftover from her other projects. She glues on a tail, a nose, and a bow, and then gives them away to friends and family.

So, I carved one for her from basswood. It's 3 1/4" tall and 1 3/8" wide. I painted the ears, eye, nose and tail with acrylic paints and sealed the pin, with several coats of spray on Krylon Matte finish.

She loved it!


Happy Easter!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How I attach pinbacks to my carved pins...

Since I've started making pins, I've been using 5 minute epoxy buttered on the back of the pinback and I apply that to the back of the pin. I cut a gouge to allow the epoxy to make direct contact to the wood. No pressure, no clamps. Just make sure the epoxy oozes through the holes on the pinback. Then I let it sit overnight.

I've had pins break but never had the pin come off the wood yet.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer 2013 Starfish

A 2" tall by 4" Starfish pin carved for my wife, Michelle, from basswood and painted in acrylic paints and sprayed with Krylon Gloss Finish.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Some woodcarvings I've done since January:

A 3 5/8" tall by 1 1/2" wide celtic spoon carved for my wife, Michelle, from pine and coated with semi-gloss Minwax Polyacrylic.


A 2 7/8" tall by 2 7/8" wide heart shaped chip carving pin carved for my wife, Michelle, from basswood and coated with semi-gloss Minwax Polyacrylic.


A 3 1/2" tall by 2 1/4" wide egg shaped chip carving pin carved for a customer's request from basswood and coated with satin Minwax Polyacrylic.


An 3 inch diameter earth day face pin carved for my wife, Michelle, from basswood and painted in acrylic paints and coated with semi-gloss Minwax Polyacrylic.


A 3 inch tall by 2 1/2 wide by 1 1/2 " deep sitting Whittlebear carved for my wife, Michelle, from pine and highlighted with acrylic paints and coated with semi-gloss Minwax Polyacrylic.


A 3 inch tall by 2 1/2" wide Liberty Bell pin carved for my wife, Michelle, from basswood and painted in acrylic paints and sprayed with Krylon Matte Finish.


A 3 1/2" tall by 1 1/4" German Nutcracker pin carved for my wife, Michelle, from basswood and painted in acrylic paints and sprayed with Krylon Matte Finish.