My father-in-law, David May (www.3dstudiocreations.com), is a true Renaissance man. He was born in England, lived through the London bombings of WWII, and is just an overall amazing talent. He always reminds me of Karaticus (sp) Potts of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang who was the crazy inventor coming up with wild inventions and experimenting with his [...]
Finished carved mural I just got notice from Ms. Timmerman who teaches art at the Thomas C. Cario Middle School in Mt. Pleasant that her students successfully completed the carving project that I helped them get started on. It really turned out great. It was a 4′ x 8′ board and that was a LOT of wood to [...]
Raising the mast Launch day My husband, Stephen, and his father, David (www.3dstudiocreations.com), had a dream back in the early 80s to build a replica of a Spanish Privateer Tall Ship – The Rattlesnake. As you can see in the photos, the dream turned into a reality – after 4 years of many long hours, [...]
Here is another short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT059Dj4-Dg If it doesn’t come up automatically, just copy the address and past it into the web browser bar above.
A student from a SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers) carving workshop found some short videos he took from a class I taught back in 2009. It was on how to carve the ball and claw foot. I always hate to see me on video – I really am my worst critic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT059Dj4-Dg Enjoy!
Here is the evolution of my acquiring woodcarving tools over the past 20 years. For the first few years of carving, I only had about 5 woodcarving tools. I was taking classes from Konstantinos Papadakis in Minneapolis (he is a master woodcarver from Greece), and he recommended the Dastra (Frank Mittermeier) tools. 20 years ago these tools came unsharpened, [...]
Yesterday and today I had 3 students that came to my shop to learn carving. Two came from Virginia, and one from North Carolina. It’s alway so much fun having carving classes in my own workshop – it’s usually a small enough class so each student can work on whatever they want to. It’s also small [...]
I unwrapped my Christmas present – and Santa was good to me! Only a few little air bubbles, but no big deal. The silicone rubber mold came off easily. The first photo is difficult to picture, but it is in reverse (i.e. the carving is set into the mold rather than sticking out). Sometimes the [...]
How better to have a family “together time” than digging your fingers into a pumpkin, take out its inner slime, and be creative with sharp knives? Nobody cut themselves, and we all had a great time. My pumpkin is the really dilirious, goofy smiley face. Not quite the same as wood carving. I was considering carving [...]
This was a nerve-wracking day. After spending many hours carving a coat of arms, I have just completely enclosed it in goo. Sticky, gooey, icky stuff. I brushed shellac over the surface of my carving to seal the wood (this will be painted in the end, so the finish color is not critical). The reason I needed [...]