Showing posts from May, 2014
Americana Black Walnut Bald Eagle  Half Spread Sitting Eagle A project that had been on hold for over a year now, awaiting for visual signs of wood block drying behaviour. The now stable thick block of Black Walnut had been cut from a large tree felled in a Pulaski, VA church parking lot about 11 years ago. I had cut the log in sections 5 to 6 foot long for easier transport and storage. I wanted the "Eagle" to be "accurate", yet resemble the old Americana and German styled eagles often depicted in seals and statuary in a sitting pose with half spread wings. Due to size, both wings required to be separate component in a double mortise/tenon keyed arrangement I had developed before for another large scale "bird".

                                                                           Head Detail

 This photo shows the oversize tenon required for holding the right side wing in place.

         The photo above shows the full body, one piece block of black w…
Lots to Do... The Art Studio For quite a while now I've been working to restore an old (1870's) doctor's office which stand next to the old Colonial home he had built for his family, our presently renovated home. It's a good size building with a simple old times charm and original materials that are in great shape, which makes for a less costly undertaking. I began by leveling the structure, removing all the wood siding and insulating the walls from the outside, then replacing and adding additional windows to allow for more light to reach into the interior and to help with ventilation. A wall towards the back (the doc's office) was removed and the wide horizontally configured planks preserved for future reuse. Most of the work has been done with only the tedious trim painting and new roofing.

Downy Woodpecker Woodcarving (Finished) A few days back I received a request for a Downy woodcarving and so have been working a few hours per day getting it ahead for delivery June 9th. It's not a complex project, but one that requires time and detail work. Trying not to miss on the nice weather opportunities for outdoor fun, while my son is back from college, I have been working on it mostly at night. The 3 most recent pictures show the finished work, kiln dried Eastern White Pine was used for the bird, a pyropen to detail all feather groups and Jo Sonja acrylics to apply the color markings of the species. Quality glass eyes are inserted and eyelids created/molded by hand to add realism and to serve in securing the eyes permanently. The display was set of a split branch of Oak that was extensively worked to show the best grain patterns.

 Carved from kiln dried Eastern White Pine, pyrographic pen detailing of feather groups and final application of color. The bird will be mounte…