I remember watching the Woodright’s Shop on PBS as a kid. This is Episode 1, Season 12, “Bentwood Boxes of the Northwest Coast”. I came across this gem again while searching for carving knives online. Kestrel Tools has created a variety of knives that are sharp on both sides. Very different from most that create a crooked knife. Normally it is either a left or right handed, push or pull type of thing. They also make a variety of adze that work well for hogging away large chucks of wood.
I may buy one piece at a time, or save up for their Carver’s Kit (4 knives and a gutter adze). Anyways, check them out if you get the chance.
I did a demonstration at the Frankfort Art Show last weekend. I think I rambled and talked about process and inspiration more than actually carving. Well … this is the bird that I started. It’s a Dark-eyed Junco. This bird arrives in Indiana to show the sign that Winter is coming. Sometimes I even see them in October. Not this year though.
This bird is carved from pine, painted in milk paint, and finished with a pine stain.
This piece is one of my favorites. It didn’t create much interest at the show (maybe two comments). That surprised me, but many of the artists told me you could never tell year-to-year. The evening shadows really make this image pop.