It’s been a while, but I’m back here with a new post, and introducing my new carving, Contendium ─ a portmanteau name built from the French conte and the English/Latin compendium. When finished, it will be an open-book collage of fairy tale imagery.
One of the things that drives most carvers crazy is being asked, “How long did that take you?” When you work a couple of hours here and a few there, over months or even years, it’s virtually impossible to keep track.
With Contendium, I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to answer that question. What I’m doing is taking a picture every eight hours or so and calling it a “day”.
Here are the pictures from Day 2, Day 6 and just an hour or two shy of Day 10. You can also follow my progress, and see all of the days, on Instagram, at illicitdiamond.
Contendium – Day 2
Contendium – Day 6
Contendium – Day 10
Grendel, basswood, approx. 3″
Here’s the latest: a miniature Grendel. This piece was really satisfying to carve — not just because it turned out well, but because:
- it was quick to carve with hand tools
- it would be easy to scale up as a chainsaw piece.
Could be the first of many more carved dogs to come!
Grendel in the flesh
Time has flown since the last post! Sorry about that.
But I haven’t been idle. Highlight of the summer so far was the chainsaw carving course at Haliburton School of the Arts. Taught by Robbin Wenzoski of Robbin’s Amazing Art, it’s an intense course that covers chainsaw buying, maintenance and of course, safe use – along with plenty of opportunity to create works of art.
As a result, continuing my Alice in Wonderland theme, the cheschire cat in my tree out front now almost has the white rabbit for company. Just a few more details and finishing to go.
While in the Minden/Haliburton area I visited Walter at the Carving Gallery. Great guy and an outstanding place to visit if you’re a fan of chainsaw carving.
White Rabbit, still needing his ears and whiskers. Plus a few other details, and finishing
Long overdue for an update about my contribution to the Maple Leaf Forever Tree at the Ontario Science Centre. It’s almost done — just a few tweaks to go and some tidying up. Just in time, too: all carving must be done by the end of May in order to finish the tree for Canada Day.
My leaf, almost done. Maple Leaf Forever Tree, April 30, 2017.
Here’s the latest progress picture. It’s getting harder to keep procrastinating over the eyeballs, but I can try. Maybe I’ll do the eyebrows and texturing on the ram (?) next.
Last Laugh Lion, April 17, 2017
Whiskers and first layer of mane are done. Once I finish the eyebrows and eyeballs that’ll be it for the head, save for any fine-tuning.
Last Laugh Lion, February 25, 2017