Friday, July 6, 2012

I recently attended Floyd Rhadigan's woodcarving week of classes in Evart, MI. It was held at the fairgrounds and camping was available for those who wanted to do that but an excellent motel was also within walking distance for those of us who are not curently campers. :)

Caricature carving classes were taught by Floyd ( and also by Steve Brown ( Classes in woodburning, wildlife power carving, relief, and walking sticks were also available. This is an annual affair and I am definitely planning to attend next year.

In Steve's class I carved "Bobo the Bigfoot Hunter".

I plan to carve a bigfoot sneaking up on him. :o) I also am working on a Halloween witch that is in progress at this time.

In Floyd's class I did "Rodney" that resembles an old friend from Florida.

One of the other wood carvers was a delightful old gentleman who walked with two canes but did not let that slow him down one bit. I could not help carving him, too.

So, it was a great week and I learned a lot of tips and tricks and just plain good info. Thanks to both Steve and Floyd for great classes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Basket Making

Just finished some Biscuit Baskets. They have a solid oak bottom designed to hold a clay tile that you warm in the oven, place in the basket, cover with a cloth, add the hot biscuits or muffins,  and, presto, bun basket is doing its job. Fun project!

Monday, January 23, 2012


This carving was insired by our family vet who is also a fine woodworker. The idea of carving him doing puppy surgery with woodworking tools has been floating around in the back of my mind for a long time. I made clay models of the dog in order to work out the location of the paws hiding his eyes and of the guy with the drill. It is painted with acrylics and waxed with a mixture of half light and half dark liquid wax.