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So it’s been a while…

Sorry to anyone who’s been waiting for an update. I finished Contendium at the end of March, just in time to get it into the Niagara Woodcarvers Association “Wonders of Wood” Show. Here’s how it looked.

Contendium at Niagara 30Mar19
Contendium at the Niagara Woodcarvers Association Show, March 30, 2019

Contendium – Day 19

Last time I posted, I had just completed 10 days’ worth of carving on my new piece, Contendium. I’ve now finished day 19, so here’s an update.

The elements are pretty much all roughed in now, and some are even almost final. Still to come: adjusting the depths and details, the front cover and the sides.

Contendium - 23jan19

Contendium as of January 23, 2019


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 2

Contendium - Day 6

Contendium – Day 6

Contendium - Day 10

Contendium – Day 10