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
I’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
As 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
I 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)
I 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
This is my most recent commission piece. I was asked to carve an elephant from a pencil lead, but as usual… I got a little carried away! This elephant art piece was actually carved from a few pencils and then assembled onto the pencil you see below.
I was able to get this level of detail thanks to my new trinocular microscope (my new favorite toy)!
Click on any image below to view it larger and see the detail
Here’s a look at some of my recent Saw Art. I started working in metal a little over a year (June 2015) and in an attempt to learn how to use my plasma cutter I started making designs on some old saws I bought at a yard sale. Little did I know that these would end up extremely popular – both locally and internationally.
I ended up having to build a new website just for saw art.
I have been commissioned to paint a mural for the new Public Library in Deshler in Nebraska. The area I’m painting is a reading alcove for the kids, so I designed a fun, bright scene with a ‘storybook’ look to it. The style for this library mural is different from my usual work, but so far it’s been a lot of fun!
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Welcome, I was commissioned to create a large brass and copper metal wall art metal sculpture for a residence in Lincoln Nebraska. What a fun project this was! I used a lot of techniques from my past and created some new ones. I have a lot of in progress images and videos to show how this was done.
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Who knows where these kinds of things come from… Grandpa’s Attic? Is it a relic from some lost Music Society? or is it the make shift communication device of an Alien Traveler… We my never know the true origin of the Earth Tones Device. We can be certain however, that it has a secret language of it’s own and that a special bond between the Earth and the Conductor grows stronger with every tone. This Theremin is for sale!
View the video below to see “Earth Tones” communicate with the outside world during its world premiere in the art center of Chester Nebraska. Continue reading