Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pet Portraits in Pencil Leads!

Goldie-Floppy-ear-dog-tnAs an artist I never know what kind of work will catch on – especially with the power of social media.  All it takes is the right page to share your work and you’re swamped!  I’ve been carving pencils all year and one of the sub-categories I’ve added recently is ‘Pet Portraits‘ in Pencil lead.

Carving a pencil lead is tough to begin with, but trying to match a certain breed of dog and then try to capture that particular dog’s own personality in a piece of graphite that is 3/16″ of an inch wide. Continue reading

Hand Carved Church Pews

Healing-Pew-01a-jesus-close-tnI know a lot people come here to see more my tiny carved pencils, but I thought it might fun to show some other carvings I have done on a larger scale.  I’m a visual artist and love to work in a wide range of media.  I also love to combine different media to create something truly unique.

The first church pew I carved was eight feet long and included a back-lit stained glass piece.  It took me over 700 hours during a long Nebraska winter.  (I still have it for sale, by the way)

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The Steampunk Clock Anniversary Gift

Anniversary-Gear-Steampunk-Clock-tn-150I love it when a client commissions a piece, gives me a few guidelines and then lets me run with it.  As most clients don’t know my full skill set (sometimes I don’t either!) they don’t know what I’ll create.  In this case, the client wanted an anniversary gift for her parents who were kind of into steampunk and liked the gear motif.  With a budget in place, my mind wandered to my collection of odds and ends and a plan started to come together. Continue reading