Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Coat of Arms for The Highlands School


Here is a photo of the coat of arms for the Highlands School in Irving, Texas. I carved this from poplar and painted it with acrylic and gilt paint. It now hangs over the entrance to one of the school wings. The shield is approximately 3 feet tall. "Semper Altius" on the scroll is latin for "Always Higher".


Friday, October 12, 2018

St. Michael the Archangel


Pictured is a wood carving of St. Michael the Archangel that I made. It is carved it in relief from basswood and mounted in an oval frame. The design is based on traditional iconography and the description of the angel Michael in the book of Revelation.
"And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night." (Revelation 12:7-10)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Quartz Article: Drawing Is The Best Way To Learn



I read an article titled "Drawing Is the Best Way to Learn, Even If You’re No Leonardo Da Vinci." Design historian D.B. Dowd makes the claim that “We have misfiled the significance of drawing because we see it as a professional skill instead of a personal capacity.”

People are so often afraid to draw because they feel that the end result will not meet some artistic standard. Most drawing is not intended to end up framed. It does not need to be intimidating. Some drawing is simply for communication. Some drawing is, as Dowd asserts, for learning.

Taking the time to look at something and trying to draw it allows you to understand it better. Even attempting to draw something from your imagination causes you to reflect more deeply. Spending time to think, reflect, and learn makes drawing well worth the while, even if you are not "creating art."

Please read the article and let me know what you think. Thank you!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Anniversary Cross



Above is a wedding anniversary cross that I recently completed. It is carved from poplar and finished with a little stain to accent the details.

I was asked to make a cross similar to a wedding cross I made. Below is a photo of that wedding cross.


 Here is a picture of this piece once the carving was done and the sanding is in progress.


The couple's names along with their wedding date are inscribed on the back using my detail master wood burner. Here we only see the front for privacy. Then the piece is finished with a natural finish and the details are shaded with a light stain.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wedding Cross


This wedding cross is carved from mahogany and is approximately 10 inches tall.

Wedding at Cana Cross


This wedding gift cross is carved from poplar and is approximately 10 inches tall. The composition is inspired by the story of the wedding at Cana from the book of John 2:1-11.

In the center we have interlocked rings over clasped hands. On the left, are wheat and grapes. On the right are bread and wine. At the top we have Jesus being told by his mother Mary that the wine has run out. On the bottom, we have one of the servants and the chief steward marveling at the wine from the stone water jars.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vision


This piece is carved from basswood, stained for color and mounted on a tree round.  It is approximately 20 inches tall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tree of Life


This piece is carved from basswood and stained for color. It is approximately 6 inches tall.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tom and the River's Daughter


I titled this piece "Tom and the River's Daughter." It is inspired by Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, and Old Man Willow from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novels. It is carved from cottonwood bark and is approximately 14 inches tall.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Stylized Nativity Scene


A nativity scene with stylized lines. The standing figures are approximately 8 inches tall and carved from basswood.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

St. Ignatius


St. Ignatius of Loyola inspired by a statue in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Approximately 10 inches tall. This is one of a series of St. Ignatius statues. More posts from the blog about these pieces can be found here.

Here is a photo of the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola in St. Peter's Basilica.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Running Horses


A pair of running wild horses carved from mahogany. The piece is approximately 12 inches tall.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Rosary


A large rosary designed to be used by a school class. The cross is approximately 8 inches tall made from walnut with a carved basswood figure. The medallion is carved from basswood. The beads are custom made from walnut for this piece.

Close up of the medallion.

Close up of the crucifix.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

St. Francis


St. Francis of Assisi holding a dove in a nest of roses. The piece is carved from basswood, mounted on a mahogany base, and is approximately 20 inches tall.

Praying Hands


Basswood relief carving inspired by Albrecht Dürer's study for an Apostle figure of the "Heller" altar. The piece is approximately 9 inches tall.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Polar Bear


Deep relief of a polar bear defending his dinner. Approximately 16 inches tall and carved from basswood.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Madonna and Child


Madonna and Child carved from basswood. Approximately 16 inches tall.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Nativity Set


A three piece nativity set carved from basswood. The tallest piece is approximately 5 inches tall.

Infant of Prague


A couple of carvings based after the famous Infant of PragueThey are both made from basswood, painted with acrylic and gilt paint, and approximately 18 inches tall. The one above has a walnut base. 



Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mother with Child


Basswood carving of a young woman and child based on the Madonnina painting created by Roberto Ferruzzi (1854–1934). This piece is approximately 6 inches tall.

Madonna


Small madonna statue carved from basswood. Approx. 4 inches tall.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pomeranians


Portrait carving of a pair of Pomeranian dogs.  The piece is approximately 10 inches tall, carved from basswood, finished with acrylic paints and stain, and mounted on a mahogany base.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Our Lady of Guadalupe


This carving of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carved in relief from basswood, painted, and mounted on a back board with gilt trim. It is approximately 20 inches tall. It is based on the original image from the tilma of Juan Diego that is displayed in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Image from the tilma of Juan Diego.

Holy Spirit


Small relief carving of the Holy Spirit represented as a dove carve in basswood. The piece is approximately 3 inches in diameter.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Holy Family


Infant Jesus with Mary and Joseph carved from cherry. The carving is approximately 14 inches tall.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Crucifix


Crucifix carved from basswood with stains for color. Approx. 14 inches tall.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Girl with Cat


A girl offering her cat a sniff of the flower she picked. Carved from basswood and approximately 10 inches tall.


Corporal Works Of Mercy


Corporal Works of Mercy relief carved from basswood. The carving is 42 inches tall. This piece was made for a school to act as both a work of art and as a teaching aid. For more details regarding the design and what the images represent, please see this document.


Here is a photo of the carving in its original hanging place over a bench that helps to show the scale of the piece.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Christus Rex


Christus Rex (Christ the King) carved from basswood with a mahogany cross. The cross is about 7 feet tall.

This is carving was made for a church that commissioned a large scale carving similar to a Christ the King crucifix I made many years earlier. Following is a photo of that older carving along with a series of pictures documenting the making of this carving.

This version is approximately 19 inches tall. It was carved in basswood and mounted on a mahogany cross.

In the new design sketch, you can see that the hands have been raised along with some other minor changes.

Full size cutout.

A lot of basswood.

Some of the layers (that will be glued together) have to be glued up for width first.

The layers of wood are glued together one joint at a time with lots of clamps for even pressure.

Lots of clamps! Special thanks to Roger Fischer of Fischer Woodworking. His expert assistance was invaluable.

Don't forget some wood for the arms!

Ready to start with the chisels and mallet.

 Lots of chips!

Roughed-out. A lot of wood has been removed.

Wood for the hands.

Now for some detail.

Finishing up the left hand.

Nearly done with the feet.

Applying Minwax Water-Based Wood Stain over Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.

Applying several coats of Tung Oil to the Honduran mahogany cross.

After waxing and buffing, it's ready for installation.

 
Detail of head and hand.

Detail of stole and feet.