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.


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.


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.


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
Each little puppy comes in his or her own little kibble box.
Basset Hound


Border Collie

German Shepherd

Yellow Lab