I just finished 3 large shell niches and handed them off to the client last Friday. It’s always an odd emotional experience sending off a creation after having it in my shop for so long. These shells are very unique in that instead of just a scroll in the center of the shell, there is an acanthus leaf with a scroll.
Matt Yank, who is a student at the College of the Building Arts here in Charleston, was a great help in finishing up the last shell. He asked me several months ago if he could help around the shop – just to have an opportunity to work in a woodcarving studio. He was very persistent and said “I’ll do anything – sweep your shop or whatever.” I finally agreed to give him a try. I was a little reluctant, and I wasn’t sure how it would work, because I never really had anybody else working with me in my shop. I thought “but it’s my space – my little world – I’m not sure if I want to share that.” He turned out to be a great help – both in helping to work on the shell and also several other projects that came in during that time. And I discovered that I actually like company while I am working! He’s also great at sweeping the shop… He’s off to work in Minneapolis for the summer, and hope I have enough work in the fall to keep him busy!
The shell openings were 32″ wide and 16″ tall and 12″ deep. They were carved in basswood and painted with 2 to 3 coats of white base coat.
I filmed the process of carving the acanthus leaf, but only have still photos of the process of making the shell.
I do not have much shop work at the moment, but there’s always things to keep me busy! Like video editing!