For a lot of the world, 2016 was not a kind year. We were reminded of the horrors that people can inflict upon each other on a weekly, almost daily basis. Many great artists passed on and reminded us that our time here is fleeting and we should try to make the most of the time we are given. Continue reading
Here is the story of my latest carved pencil that was completed in October 2016. After the success and online popularity of my Elephant Pencil, I was commissioned to complete a Giraffe Pencil with a similar layout. I knew it would be tough – but WOW – I had quite a time working on this one! 😀
I ended up trying different graphite based on hardness, I went through a number of giraffes to get the final three and one baby giraffe escaped – never to be found again!
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Ever 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”! 😀 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
A local theatre is raising funds for their renovations and are using their old chairs in a great recycling event.
The Bonham Theatre Project in Fairbury Nebraska has called for artists to pick up chairs and transform them into works of art. Proceeds will be going to purchase newer, more comfortable seats.
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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
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)!
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