Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Maple leaf pin commission

2 1/4" wide by 2" high carved in butternut and with a blend of acrylic paints to create a Fall like look. The pin was sprayed with High Gloss Lacquer.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Here are some pins...

...that I carved and painted.

Yankee Doodle Whittlebear
3" high and 2 1/8" wide, carved in Eastern White Pine and painted with acrylic paints. The fine detail, i.e. the stars and stripes were drawn on with a Rapidograph drafting pen using thinned down acrylic paints. It has 3 coats of High Gloss Lacquer.

Celtic Knot Lovespoon
3" long, carved in basswood with several coats of Clear Satin Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane. Then coated with Johnson's Paste Wax.

Trinity Knots
1 3/4" wide, from top left to bottom right, carved in pine, red cedar, butternut, basswood and aspen--Note the knot in the knot! The pins were left natural and finished with Clear Satin Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane. Then coated with Johnson's Paste Wax.

Valentine's Day Celtic Knot Lovespoon
3" tall, carved in cherry. The knotwork was left natural and the hearts were painted with red acrylic paint. The pin was sprayed with High Gloss Lacquer.

St. Patrick's Day Trinity Knot
2 1/2" wide by 3" tall shamrock with a trinity knot carved in red cedar. The pin was left natural and sprayed with High gloss Lacquer.

Mother's Day Rose
3 inches square carved in aspen. The rose was left natural and the 3 leaves painted with acrylic green paint. The pin then received 2 coats of Clear Satin Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm a woodcarver...

and I've been carving since December 2004. I enjoy carving basswood, pine, aspen, and will probably attempt to carve most woods at least once.

Right now, I'm busy carving ornaments for a Christmas Ornament swap. 18 to be done by December. I am carving several different ones. I will send out the best to the other woodcarvers in the swap. I didn't think I'd like doing so many at once. But I am having fun. It took me a while to settle on one particular pattern. But once I did, I came up with a few more that I liked. So, that's why I'll be doing several for the swap. I'll post pics once they go out in the mail. Don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients.

When I'm not carving ornaments, I'm carving WhittleBears. Here's a pic of some that I did a while ago:

I enjoy carving them. They're usually for pins but they can be ornaments, pins, or magnets, too. I also carve pins of different sorts. I just carved a couple of WhittleBears for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I usually develop the pins based on a holiday theme. Michelle, my wife, likes to wear them. I just finished one of harvest corn that she'll be wearing soon.