It is fun as well as instructional to study old, antique and vintage wood carvings. Often they are available at flea markets, antique or thrift stores and auctions at a reasonable price. Their value is in studying each carving to imagine how the artist and creator executed the carving process with the efficiency of each cut as well as studying the pose and coloring effects. Some may need some repair providing an opportunity to try one’s hand of making those repairs and blending in the color. Vintage carving can also serve as models for one’s own interpretation of the subject of the model.
The photos presented here include a repair done of the Quaker man’s hat and an often repeated theme of a man sitting in a rocking chair that was carved for the tourist trade seventy five years ago. All of which provide excellent study in the art of carving in the vintage style of tourist souvenirs. (click on each photo to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »
Three Cowpoke carvings are presented here as a visual study through photographs of the variations that can be carved in a similar subject. The WOOD BEE CARVER has been carving seriously for over forty years and yet every carving project continues to be a learning experience, a challenge in improving and refining the design and execution of the carving process. The three cowpoke carvings are the latest lessons learned and are shared here as examples for anyone who would like to carve their own cowpoke. Read the rest of this entry »
Carving heads into wooden clothes pins is a novel way to practice carving heads and faces since every face carved in never a lost effort because there is always something new to learn. This brief visual tutorial about carving on a clothes pin is another way to reinforce the process of face carving. (click on photos to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »