Thursday, November 20, 2008

West Coast Wood Carvings

Found another interesting theme or style of wood carving.

Out West Woodcarving

Found a really cool blog:
It has a great gallery with lots of detailed images of carvings in progress.

Russian Carver - Cronid Gogolev

Here is a link to a number of images by a Russian carver Cronid Gogolev. relief carvings style.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Christopher White

I found a book at timberline featuring the work of artist J. Christopher White. It is really interesting. The use of the twisted grains and movement of the wood in the sculpture is really intriguing. I really like this style, I think long term i would like to try some of this type of work. Here is a sample of his work:

And another one.

Free plans listing

I found this listing of free plan sites on the forum at wood carvers illustrated.

Well, at the risk of alienating everyone in the woodcarving world, I am going to post a list of websites offering free patterns. People ask for patterns, and we post the links and then they get lost in the ever growing maze of the Wood Carving Illustrated Forum website. Some of these patterns are for beginners, some are more advanced. They're not sorted by category, i.e. caricatures, relief, etc.--they're just listed. Some have been around for a long time, but they're great. So, when you're bored and need something to do, look through these links, and I'm sure you'll find something. If not, google on "free wood carving projects" or "free wood carving patterns", and then maybe you'll come up with some new ones. If you do, be kind enough to add the links of what you find to this thread so that others can use them, too. Same if you have some favorites that I haven't listed here. Thanks!

Anyway, here's what I've found so far:

National Wood Carving School: patterns
Amateur Woodworker: Carved Owl
Carving Magazine's Free Online Project - Cupcake
Free Online Instructions to Wood Carving Projects
Free Carving Pattern Package
Free patterns
Woodcarvers Connection
Heritage Arts Studio: woodcarving classes, painting classes, woodcarving roughouts, woodcarving blanks, woodcarving patterns, woodcarving supplies, painting supplies
Free Carving Patterns
Free Carving Patterns from Little Shavers
Minnesota Wood Carvers
Porch Patterns INDEX page 2
Porch Patterns INDEX page 2
Will Hayden Wood Carving Patterns
Wood Carving Patterns
Wood Carving Illustrated - How To Magazine for Carvers
Wood Carving Illustrated - How To Magazine for Carvers
Free Carving Patterns

Plans made for Christmas Gifts

I picked up some plan books at the bookstore yesterday and have selected some items that I will attempt for Christmas gifts this year. I hope they work out. They are some simple Santa Claus ornaments.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wood Carving Crazy?

I think I am crazy! What is this about? I think it is a midlife crisis manifesting itself in multiple different ways. I want to do more carving, and I want to be good at it, good enough to support my family. Now That is crazy!