Here’s the leaf. Rest of the scrollwork on the bottom right of the big sign is done. Some of the background around that sign has been carved away.
So that was a busy five months.
Lots going on, but I’ve still managed to get some carving in. First, here’s a recent picture of Last Laugh Lion. He’s coming along, and a better picture will be coming soon.
What’s really exciting though, is it’s now my turn to start working on “my” leaf of the Maple Leaf Forever tree. This is part of an Ontario Wood Carvers Association group project, where we’re carving vignettes from Toronto’s history into an eight-foot section of the famous silver maple that inspired the anthem, The Maple Leaf Forever. Carving takes place at the Ontario Science Centre, which is where the sculpture will be displayed when finished.
Here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress, the second one a little more close up. Can you tell which Toronto landmark this will be?
A couple of weekends later, and just a bit more progress on Last Laugh Lion. Still a lot of roughing out to do before I get to the detail work.
Last Laugh Lion, in progress, January 16, 2016
And here we are, just a little over a day later.
Happy New Year to all seven of you loyal and possibly misguided followers, whoever you may be.
Here’s what I’m working on now (early stages).
Eventually, it will be a two-foot-high version of this.
I’ve been absent, but not idle. Here’s a picture of Trefour, now finished and guarding my desk at work.
I spent the July 4th weekend at a cottage (or “camp”) not far from Sudbury. Walking in the bush we came across some interestingly shaped spruce. A few hours later and with the help of my Arbortech minigrinder, I was able to give my hosts this bowl. Flip it over and it looks like a foot, but this way up the colours make it look like a seashell.
A little beachcombing yielded the decorative stones.