Life is short

Life is short

In adjusting to back to school time I haven’t had much time to update this website. I have been updating my Instagram and I also have two paintings for sale on Etsy. I started carving a weiner-dog awhile back but I haven’t finished it yet, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied. My hubby will be selling some of my paintings along with his books at Crypticon this November, I’ve been trying to finish a few paintings up to send with him.

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A pair of birds

A pair of birds

I realized I never posted the finished birds and I’ve already given one away. Here’s a sanded and a carved. After this picture I sanded the other, stained with tung oil and coated in polyurethane.

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Video of the First Project

Procrastination is a terrible thing isn’t it — well here is the video I promised in an earlier post:

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Howling at the moon

Howling at the moon

I carved this wolf for my daughter. It was more difficult than I thought. I used one coat of tung oil and one coat of polyurethane. I would have done two of each but my girl was impatient for it. She’s just been laying it on the table though so I guess she’s all ready over it. Had fun making it though.

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First finished carving

First finished carving

Carved and painted, here is my first finished piece: Painted with acrylic paint with a poly coating. 

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Carving Progress

Carving Progress

I haven’t had time to go through the video yet, however, here is a picture of my first project. I plan to paint this little pooch and finish but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  I’ve also started a boot today while I was home sick (after sleeping most of the day- feeling much improved now): The book this pre-cut out shape came with has instructions to turn it into a cow boy boot but I’m aiming for a witch boot. It’s not going very well. The grain is going toward the heel and I’m having trouble with that.  I

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Smokey Mountain 

Smokey Mountain 

Before I visited Woodcraft I had gone online and er, disregarded what the teacher recommended because I’m a cheapskate and bought a beginners kit from Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers Supply in Tennessee. As well as a thumb guard and a block of wood. It came pretty quickly, I ordered on a Tuesday night and received Friday.  The knife isn’t great, I was working on the dog for a couple of hours last night and ended up using the knife from Woodcraft. More on how the carving went, including video, to come up next.

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A Visit to Woodcraft

A Visit to Woodcraft

There is a couple of local woodcarving stores in my area, I checked out one earlier this week. They had so much there, fortunately their helpful staff was able to help me find what I was looking for and even demonstrated one of the knives. It was difficult to decide which book to buy and I’m interested in multiple types of carving. I found some things to buy of course, including a knife the teacher said wasn’t very good but I tried it at tad at the store and bought it. They had a flyer for the Minnesota Makers fair

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First Day of Class

Welcome back! Today was the day, I started my new adventure in wood carving with a community education course. You can never be too sure what to expect with community ed courses, the teachers tend to be volunteers or are generally just getting a cut of whatever you’re paying for the course. For this course my teacher was an older neighbor of mine who was doing this as a volunteer. While he did speak about tools, types of wood, and types of carving he wanted to talk primarily about motivation through personal stories. He enjoys spreading happiness through wood carving,

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Keep Learning

Sometimes you need to start something new, that’s what is going on here. This is me trying to relearn how to make websites while I start a new hobby. I’m going to be taking a wood carving class, assuming it doesn’t get canceled or something else out of my control. I’m really excited about it so hopefully nothing of the sort happens. While I’ll be learning how to do woodcarving, I’ll also be taking a short community education class on photography as well as finishing another irrelevant community college course. Yeah, I keep busy. I tend to be a bit

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