Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
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
Saturday, September 8, 2018
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
Thursday, September 6, 2018
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
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
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 (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.
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.