I seem to enjoy carving more than anything else. Some of the pieces are made from solid logs but good carving logs are very hard to find. Most often, they are made from glued-up pine boards. I've had great success using old waterbed frames. Actually, the glued up boards give the piece more stability because they don't crack like logs often do. I frequently add other materials to the pieces to finish them off, such as eyes used by taxidermists, salvaged metal wheels, and tin fins and feathers.
I generally rough out the piece on the bandsaw but most of the work is done by hand with carving chisels, rasps, power sanders, and a variety of other tools. Once the piece is completely carved, it's painted then finally coated with shellac.
Surprising as it may seem, it can take almost as long to do a small pig as it does to do a large fish though, of course, the more complex pieces can take a very long time indeed. As with the rest of my works, humor is paramount. I hope these bring a smile to your face.
I've recently started making canes. This is one of several new ones. As shown in the images, I actually drew this one on paper before making it. That's rare - I usually just see the end result in my head and make it.
The tail on this rat is, of course, a rat-tail file.
Tooth Cane and Fish Cane
This sleepy moose (who hates wet feet!) was done on commision, in June, 2003, for a long-time patron of the arts. She gave it to her son as a gift for use in his Vermont cabin. The moose's carved wooden body is capped by a set of metal antlers and leather ears and he stands about 3 feet tall.
Pop is modeled after a real guy who owned a local junkyard where I often swapped things for parts I used in my work. Pop was always yelling, "Don't bring me any sh*t!" but he was a loveable guy. The carving is about 2-1/2 feet tall.
This accomodating crow, willing to carry a couple of passengers, is about 18 inches high.
I've done several alligators. This one sports a leather saddle in case you're brave enough to give it a try. Watch that mouth and tail though! He's about 5 feet long.
Another "friendly" gator, this one with a happy (for now) little fish in his mouth. Check out those "alligator shoes"! He too is about 5 feet long.
This friendly pooch was modeled after a dog I once had. He's only about 15 inches tall as shown here, but he wound up on top of a fancy base I made that had drawers for dog biscuits. You can see that he has a biscuit in his mouth.
Santa looks like he may have just finished his long Christmas Eve delivery schedule - he's lost a lot of weight and has a sort of "reindeer in the headlights" look about him.
This old pig is about ready to be makin' bacon - he's sure outgrown his pen.The table top he stands on is about 24 inches wide and the table itself is 32 inches high.
These happy little pigs are a very popular item and come in a variety of sizes. They are hand-carved and have leather ears and legs made from twigs. The smallest pig is about 6 inches snout-to-tail and the largest is about 18 inches.
One of my recent creations. Better watch out little bird - snakes just LOVE eggs! The snake is about 4 feet long.
This talented piggy is a real performer. He does his high-wire act on a unicycle, wowing the crowds with his balancing skills. This wood and metal sculpture is about 2 feet high.
Another performing pig, who does his balancing act on a golden ball high atop a pillar. This is a large sculpture, nearly 6 feet in height.
You probably haven't seen many birds like these flying around your garden, but they'll bring a smile to your face and put a song in your heart no matter where you find them.
These are just a fewfrom a whole flock of fanciful flyers. They range from 8 to 12 inches tall.
Some are on pedestals to go on a table or shelf. Others are meant to hang.
With his long legs, it looks like this crane having Mr. Snake for lunch. Still, you can never be sure - that old snake can move pretty fast when he needs to. The crane stands about 3 feet tall.
You'll enjoy stuffing your pennies into this happy piggy bank. At about 2 feet tall, he can hold lots of cold, hard cash. And don't worry - you can lock the door to protect your valuables.
Chickens like this are as scare as hen's teeth! (And, as it happens, this one HAS teeth.) She is wearing her Levi's overalls and her high heels, standing on a base with egg details. The sculpture stands about 5 feet tall.
Here's a whole school of finny creatures. These brightly colored fish are a great addition to a child's room, bathroom, kitchen, or weekend cabin. Sizes range from about 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Amazing how a snake can balance on its nose and not mind a little bird perched on his tail! These whimsical snakes generally range from about 4 ft. to 6 ft. tall although a few have been even larger. These make a real statement in an entryway.
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This page last updated August 12, 2010