Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hand carved dogs

These were recent commissions, from the owner's photos. A Boston terrier and a Boston puppy, and a Corgi. They are hand carved hand painted wood.



And a close up of the carved paw pads, there are of course toenails too.


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Lemon Tree


He's getting there ....  slowly......



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The new Time Machine


I was commissioned to make another Time Machine. I have learned and grown a lot, and also purchased some different materials for this adventure, and adventure it was!


Some in progress shots. Here is the box laying on my home made magnet jig. And a little can of Humbrol oil paint. This paint is awesome.



It took months to complete this project. But heck, towards the end, I was snowed in anyhow :)



The little time machine required lots of soldering of tiny hand made parts. Scary! I had much fun turning brass, including my own turned brass pins. 



The box is all hand painted.




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UPDATE 
on the little lemon tree:


This little guy is definitely not in any hurry to grow up! It's a slow go, but he's working on his second set of leaves.













Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kitten drawing


I bought a set of watercolor pencils and even though I did not use them with water for this drawing, I just wanted to see what they were all about. Next time I can use them in a whole different way. For this kitten I just wanted to draw with them as colored pencils.


This is the size. He is a thank you gift for a friend.

*UPDATE*

Here is an update on my little lemon tree:


He's got his first leaves :)




Friday, December 6, 2013

Oh happy day!



I have been trying for two months to sprout a lemon tree from a seed. My grandfather grew them, and I saw this posting on how to do it, so I went and bought a lemon.....It didn't have any seeds! I thought...... monsanto.......yeah yeah.....I could not find an organic lemon, bought another one and it had a seed in it! Oh joy.....one seed......what are the odds...... well it got to the point where I didn't even bother to turn the grow light on any more. (I know.....a watched pot...) Tonight just for the heck of it, I looked in the pot (it said to put a plastic breathable cover on it like a little greenhouse, I couldn't see through it) and......

LOOK!!!! There he is :) :) I had totally given up.



A little sproutling!!!!! I could not believe my eyes!!!
Off to bed now, a happy new mama!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm on a table roll!


I had so much fun doing the English tea table that I was inspired to do another table. I love the cabriole legs and I knew that French tables have a similar shape. I really can't say this is a French table because I was not copying anything. What I really need are good photos of a French table from all angles to make a copy in  miniature. 



This is a whole new type of carving for me and I am really enjoying the experience.
This table is hand carved from cherry wood.



This table is up on ebay:




Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tea table with ball and claw feet


I found myself needing a nice little table to display my pipe box for my ebay listing. So I decided to make one. I chose a Queen Anne tea table. It is carved from cherry wood and is "home grown" as a friend nearby cut some trees and gave me a bunch of beautiful wood.


After researching these tables, I drew up my plan. 
I love cutting cabriole legs, and carving them was alot of fun.


I drew my pattern on the wood then cut them out on my scroll saw. I make a template out of thin wood to transfer the leg pattern to the blank.

It's so fun after the last cut to "unwrap" the leg. Like finding a prize in a cracker jack. Here are all 4 legs, they came out real nice right off the saw!  I was pleased.


I used my home made tools for this project, but what was my favorite tool? I made it from a hypodermic needle!








The lip or edge on the table top was made by routing the profile on a strip of wood, then ripping it on the table saw. I use my Dremel saw for the ripping.


Then I made a jig for my little Jarmac saw to miter the ends. This jig is very accurate and everything went smoothly.





The ball and claw feet were my favorite, since I am an animal carver.




I used Michael Walton's finishing kit on the table. It is wonderful! 















Thursday, August 29, 2013

Who doesn't love a puppy?


These mischievous little puppies have gotten into the puppy chow and dog biscuits! 
They are hand carved hand painted wood and of no particular scale. They range in size from 7/16" to 13/16". They are looking to be adopted. They are available in my ETSY shop
https://www.etsy.com/shop/miraclechicken
Each little puppy comes in his or her own little kibble box.
Basset Hound

                                                                                 
Beagle

Border Collie
Bulldog
Corgi


German Shepherd

Husky
Spaniel
Dalmatian
Dachshund
Yellow Lab