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
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
Happy Canada Day, everyone!
Hope fellow Canadians had a great day off. I enjoyed quality time carving in the garden, and as a result, Trefour’s face is done. Here he is, in all his happy glory.
Trefour’s face, finished
Just the base left to refine, then final sanding and finishing!
Here’s a carving from Tony Endhoven.
Alas, Poor Yorick (Reprise) – carving by Tony Endhoven
Tony was the featured carver at this year’s Magic in Wood Competition and Show, October 18-19, in Pickering.
Largely self-taught, Tony has been carving seriously for 30 years. Over the years he’s won Best-In-Show awards in Ottawa and Hamilton, as well as in Pickering. Recently, he taught a seminar for the first time, and looks forward to teaching again.
The carvings he put on display in Pickering reflected his broad scope as a carver – everything from caricature, to realistic relief, to carvings in the round.
Stamp – carving by Tony Endhoven
Members of the Ontario Wood Carvers Association will find an article about Tony and his carvings in the upcoming winter issue.