Wow, hard to believe that it’s September already! I haven’t written a blog all summer, because I’ve been so busy with building projects. But I did get some new gouges for carving this year, as I am getting ready to do a very special project for a dear friend. So here is a fun little practice carving of a wizard in a funky hat. I love playing with using the tool marks to create a very unique “hand carved” look.

I have been relief carving for several years now, which means taking a flat piece of wood and carving a picture into it. But the project I am going to do involves carving in the round – basically wood sculpting – so I am practicing for that with the new gouges.

Whoohoo! New tools! (That never ends, and it never gets less exciting). The next fun project may be teaching myself how to sculpt with a chain saw….! ~Tim