Monthly Archives: August 2016

New Train Pencil Carvings!

Train Pencil CarvingEver since my first train pencil carving went “viral” across the internet back in December 2015, I’ve been very busy becoming an “internationally renowned pencil carving artist”!  ūüėÄ  I’ve been featured in dozens of websites and many magazines.  I’ve done interviews with people around the world and my work has been shown on Japanese (and soon Spanish) TV.

I love the free publicity, but I’m still staying really busy trying to get all of my commission work out in a timely manner.  This month, I’ve completed four new train pencils and have them ready to ship!  Below are photos from the latest set of train carvings.  It’s hard to imagine but each engine is about 3/16″ tall (less than 5mm) and each engine is a different design. Continue reading

Log Carving Portrait

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In July 2016, I treated myself to a birthday present of a week long workshop in woodcarving.  This event was hosted by the Mid-America Woodcarvers.  They had quite a few options for workshops, but I decided on Basswood log carving so I could try a large 3D project.  James Barr taught the Mallet Carving class and through him I got to see just how fast a real log carver can work when he has the experience!

For my project I chose to do a portrait of a pilot.¬† I can’t say who it is just yet as it will be a gift next year.¬† Click any image below to view it larger. Continue reading

Train Pencil Carving in Progress

Three-Rivers-Line-No6-ANGLEDI’m putting on the finishing touches of a new series of ‘train pencils‘.  In the meantime, I thought that I would show you some of the in progress photos I’ve taken along the way.

As I’ve stated before, I don’t carve the trains and the tracks directly out of the pencil in one shot.  This would just be impossible and frustrating – as one chip after hours of carving can cause me to start over.  I carve the engines separately and then mount them on the rails (pencil leads) and carve the later trestles and cars from the pencil. Continue reading