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Teddy Bears Picnic

Can you find the 10 hidden bears?

First cut: December 8, 2019
Finished: June 8, 2021

19″x19″, basswood.


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

Rabbit is done!

Oh my ears and whiskers, this took far too long. A not-so-difficult chainsaw project that underwent massive scope creep. But I’m happy with the results!

Also, on a more practical level (and much less time-consuming), here’s a set of salad servers:

Salad servers

And now, time to get back to the book… New post on that coming soon.


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



Grendel in wood

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

Grendel in the flesh