Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I'm working feverishly to get this finished and submitted before 3pm Sunday. I have the front all finished and the walls are all assembled. I am now carving the roof with an oak leaf pattern. I like the way it is looking and hopefully I'll get it completed!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Here is the progress so far. I completed the carving on all the sides, deciding on a neat winged dragon design for the back of the bird house (may help keep squirrels away). I received a couple of sample copies of a European carving magazine that had this neat design. It was originally a deep relief, pierced design, but I changed it up a bit for my bird house, with the wood burning and a more bird-like appearance for the dragon. Still some more detail burning to do and I have still haven't decided if it will need any color, like on the flowers. I have both sides burned and will complete the burning on this, before starting on the front. My thought is that this will get me limbered up, so to speak, and plenty of practice as I build up to doing the front piece that will be seen the most.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm working on a carved bird house for a contest that ends this month. I wasn't sure if I wanted to enter or what my design would be until I finally come up with something on July 4th. So now the pressure is on to get it completed like I want and to get it entered. I wanted to use a simple design and simple materials, in keeping with a traditional birdhouse. But I wanted to use carving to elevate it from something humble, to something more artistic. So I used some pine left over from some drawers I built for a dresser and started doing some simple relief patterns on it. This is where I am so far. Thanks for looking.