Bill Cox, my 95 year old apprentice, and very dear friend, is an amazing man – a walking history book. He can tell stories about his experience growing up in the depression, about his grandfather who fought in the civil war, about his experience in the Navy during World War II & the Korean War, […]
Feel the burn!
OK, I admit it. This is painful. I have not felt these muscles – ever. Muscles that one should normally never use, I have been over-using. Even after having my son help me with the carving the mass of wood away from the second shell, I can still feel the burn after working on detailing […]
My son, Joshua, helped me this morning in getting most of the thickness of wood off the second shell. I think he has real potential of becoming a great carver and think he really enjoyed himself – in spite of the fact that his Labor Day was spent laboring. Time is getting pretty tight for finishing […]
Starting on second shell
I have nearly finished carving the first shell. I received the glued up wood for the second shell this afternoon and am going to get my strong young son, Joshua, to help me rough out the wood for this one – so I can give my right arm a rest. I am expecting that it […]
Articles on how to lay up wood for shell niche
I was able to locate the articles that describe some pretty complex ways of laying up wood for the carved Shell Niche (also referred to as “Cockleshell” carving). There are 3 that I could find and all are from Fine Woodworking. Sept 78, #12 – “Cockleshell – giant carving gives corner cupboard class” by Franklin […]
Day 6 – Almost Finished!
Almost finished with the first carved shell niche! I know those of you who know me will not believe me, but I spent most of the day with sand-paper in hand. Yes, and if you have ever taken a class from me, you will probably remember that I teach to carve with chisels, not sand […]