my Wood Carvings
In 2016 a local woodcarver started a wood carving club in the local community centre and a friend suggested we join. I had never carved before but had always admired carved pieces so I joined. Club $168 sets of Flexicut palm carving tools were available for use and the first piece of limewood was provided.
I didn't like the Flexcut chisels because they flexed! So because I didn't know what sort of chisels I would like using so I bought a cheap, £18, Woodpecker set of palm chisels from China - fantastic steel which hardly ever needs even stropping. Also my father had boought some old woodworking tools in the 1950s one of which after I had cleaned off the rust and sharpened is my favorite carving chisel, the steel is excellent and keeps its edge.
2018 - 202? - Gryphon
I started a Gryphon in late 2019 but the club closed for Covid and only opened again in August 2021.
2019 - Scroll Shield
It was going to be a shield on a scroll with foliage behind but the foliage on the right turned out too heavy so I carved a bunch of grapes to the left.
2018 - Girl in red
I liked the colour of the wood but some parts like that at the left were very soft but where the face is it was very very hard and was beyond me to make a proper face.
So now a question - how did the early Egyptians carve diorite? Photographic proof of theories only, please.
February 2017 - Lamassu - Bull Of Heaven
August 2016 - Egyptian woman
I saw a picture of a 6 inches high wooden statuette of a woman with blonde hair and blue eyes, with a baby on her back, which was taken out of the tomb of Useri at Beni Hasan, 12th Dynasty and is in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. That makes the statuette about three thousand years old.
I thought I would carve something similar then gesso and paint it as was the Egyptian carving. That part is still waiting to be done.
May 2016 - Freestyle foliage
March 2016 - You have to start somewhere