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
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.
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
Now with his eyes roughed in…
Last Laugh Lion, January 23, 2017
Here’s how Last Laugh Lion looked one year ago:
Last Laugh Lion, in progress, January 16, 2016
And here’s how he looks today:
Last Laugh Lion, still in progress, January 14, 2017
Still quite a ways to go though, when you consider the original: