watching soccer practice and whittling at the same time
broken pieces of lumber spacers at Home Depot
broken clothespin on the ground
BELOW: Twigs that my son, Steve, brought back from near Stonehenge, U.K., and from Cape Town, South Africa.
Some pine and cedar scraps from a post-Hurricane Sandy building project turned into an owl, a letter opener, and a boat.
Because this maple branch was already too dry to carve easily, I soaked it in a tub of water for a couple of days before trying to carve it.
spacers not too long later
mini letter opener
This page is essentially going to be kind of a running blog of all kinds of pieces carved in a wide variety of situations. One of its goals is just to show how much fun a person can have in with a sharp pocketknife in WHEREVER (well, almost wherever).
On my "About Wood" page there are a couple of photos of some trees that were recently cut down in a neighbor's yard.
I was able to collect a number of branches, some of which are still waiting to be carved. However, one particular branch already "hatched" into another critter in my collection of Dr. Seuss type characters. I haven't figured out yet what to call this one.
sitting in car during oil change
Here's the pile of branches.
Turkey Hill ice cream spoons . . . And they can become other critters besides roosters and cows.
And here's the "before" photo of the special branch. I guess you could call this a picture of a unique egg before it has hatched.
Some time ago I carved this rooster for a hockey player. And just a few weeks ago I did a golfer rooster. I think he was holding a driver in his beak. Then again, it may have been a
Fondue skewers are great for making miniature knives, forks, and spoons.
And this is what this little guy looks like now. Who knows, he may get tweaked a bit more before we're done with him!
twigs in front of hospital
Probably a little less than 24 hours ago from the moment I'm typing this note, I was in our local Home Depot getting some touch-up paint. When the associate who was mixing my paint gave me a paint stick to go along with the paint I commented that, as a woodcarver, I could get ten projects from that one stick. So he handed me a few more! And he asked me to come back and show him what I had carved. Anyway, here are the pieces that have come out so far from that one paint stick. Not ten yet, but I can still get several more pieces from the uncarved scrap that's above my pocketknife. Oh, and that's a little scrap of sandpaper in the photo that proved useful too.
carved in hospital's front lobby
...how to kill time at "halftime" between sessions of a double dental appointment . . . These 8 pieces might have been my own record for carving in a hour and 15 minutes or so!
These little guys are definitely on the funky side!
. . . and what came from those same twigs
I'm guessing that the old house across the street that got demolished was built sometime in the 1800's. The three little pieces I rescued from that big pile of scraps turned into eight letter openers. (I guess you could call the little one a letter opener . . . maybe for Barbie!)