During the last year we have all been missing our meetings. I know in my case some of the time usually spent carving has gone to other things. We are starting to see some activity again though and hope to see some group gatherings again soon. Keep a lookout for emails and keep yourself healthy and safe.
I've done very little carving recently and have finished none.
I've been spending most of my time building a wooden gear clock. The picture below was taken just before I dismantled it to put a finish on it and make some small adjustments to reduce friction. I've had it running for as much asa little over two and a half hours before it stopped. All that I really need to do to finish it is to make a nice looking weight. I've been using plastic grocery bags loaded with ziplock bags filled with lead.
I hoping to get it done and mounted in the house by Christmas. My wife has wanted one of these for a long time. She plans on having a completion party when it's done. Actually it would be a series of small completion parties .
Merl and Cathy
These are the four projects I have completed over the past 6 months:
- “Yer move, amigo”
- “If I don’t take care of the parks, who will?”
- Life size Cactus wren and sulfur butterfly
- Life size male and female Mourning Doves
I must admit I have had difficulty with the incentives to getting me out to my carving bench because of all that is going on. We have stayed healthy but have had to cancel all of our travel plans. I miss seeing you all!
Rob sent this along.
The Mourning Dove set was extremely challenging and if you think all doves are just a dirty grey…think again! Several hundred hours since January went into this project.
The Bald Eagle head is a basswood bust done with knives and gauges.
Hope all is well with all of you!
Tom sent this in as his FIRST relief carving.
Susan Kleismit send in this picture of her woman praying in the kitchen.
Not sure if this is Dave or Joan but here are two more projects finished.
Keep those pictures coming.
Tom has been working on watercolor painting.
Brad is in the process of making segmented bowls.
Brad is also trying his hand at painting again. If it looks like a duck he is getting better.
Jeff sent this along.
"I fabricated an air filter/dust collector from some scrap pieces of plywood and some plexiglass stuck back in my tool crib. I bought a 20” box fan and furnace filters at the hardware store. I have less than $20.00 invested."
"I intend to use the unit when I use my Dremel tool, am sanding or spray painting inside in my shop."
Joan is turning santa's into presidents for a friend.
Gary sent this in
"Whenever anyone asks me what I am working on, I reply “I don’t work, I have fun.” I have been having fun with my mutts, a little different kind of carving for me.
The Ferrari's are getting outdoors and doing some yard improvements. There really is a tree in that picture.....
Bob sent this in.
Carved a statue for my grandson, he owns and operates an ice cream shop in Anoka MN.
The name of his shop is “two scoops” it stands 18” tall. Will give it to on his upcoming wedding day.
Opps, maybe should not post this one till after the wedding?
Looks like Mark is making some good wood chips. Theres a few birds in there as well. Hope to see them painted next week.
Mark finished his Vermillion Flycatchers and a Northern Cardinal. He says Stay Tuned. Im guessing more to come.