Saturday, February 14, 2015

1:12 scale Sabots


I ran across this beautiful sign online and noticed the wooden shoes, as I had made a couple of pairs previously. I hadn't thought they were anything but Dutch. So I looked into the French shoe of this type. They are known as Sabots.


This pair of hand carved 1:12 scale miniature Sabots replicate a pair from the late 1890's. They are carved from Cherry wood with real leather straps.




    Sabots were worn by the lower class throughout Europe. Peasants were so highly associated with sabots, that eventually, the term "sabot" became a slang name for the country peasants. During France's Industrial Revolution, the peasants were called from the fields to work in the factories when all the city folk went on strike. The sabot-wearing peasants did not know how to properly work all the modern machinery, which is when the term "saboteur" became slang for "to bungle a job" and the word "sabotage" described the act damaging of something, which the peasants inevitably ended up doing to the equipment.



Below are the pictures I worked from:


I found several pictures of French wood shoes as a collectible in a current day setting.














Sunday, February 1, 2015

Brown tabby cat


My latest piece is a hand carved, furred brown tabby cat.


Has carved toes and paw pads, and very life like eyes.


For sale on ebay til the 8th. 






Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Little Red squirrel


This little guy is very realistic, yet cute. He is hand carved then the fur is applied. 
He's just young. He will make any outdoor setting or scene! On Ebay til the 18th. Don't want to miss this auction :)













Sunday, January 4, 2015

Someone's in the trash again?


Well I guess I need to keep a better eye on dumpsters and garbage cans! Now a sweet little 
skunk is rummaging about in the trash---


He is on Ebay til the 11th of Jan.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/merchant/artist_697_miraclechicken

Lots of life in those eyes and he is carved with every attention to detail, like toes with nails. He has a very cute face. Cuteness should not be lost in realism. 

auction # 311244585563





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Someone's gotten into the trash...


This little raccoon is hand carved hand painted and furred.  I'm not really a fan of the raccoon....he's a chicken killer and I have witnessed the devastation first hand at the farm......But it was a fun project and cute little guy, so I put my feelings aside.


I will be listing him on Ebay Sunday evening:





I made the dumpster from metal and aged and rusted it like the one at the bar I used to work at. 
The wheels and casters turn and rotate.











Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Squirrels


I am going to make a series of squirrels. The two called Gray Squirrels, the brown (pictured above) and a gray one. I also want to make a red squirrel with those adorable ear tufts.

Hand carved, hand painted then furred.  On Ebay 'til the 30th.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/merchant/artist_697_miraclechicken


Make your outdoor scene come alive!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Who ordered winter???


Well I don't blame this little chipmunk for ditching indoors, it's COLD out there! 
Snowy too.... Who ordered winter? Not me....way too early for this....


This little guy is on ebay until Sunday Nov. 23rd. He is carved to the finest detail, then his fur is applied.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/merchant/artist_697_miraclechicken






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Buddies


These two are good friends :) 
The Basset hound is an anatomically correct male And the blond cat is definitely a pretty little girl.
They are hand carved, hand painted then their fur coats are applied. 
The cat is on ebay 
http://www.ebay.com/sch/merchant/artist_697_miraclechicken 
until Sunday the 16th of November.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Fox


A Red Fox- hand carved, hand painted then fur is painstakingly applied. This is an understatement :) He has a thick lush coat. Features toes with nails, paw pads and life like eyes. 
 He is for sale on Ebay until this Sunday Nov. 2nd.











Sunday, October 19, 2014

My vacation



That's right, it's Kilmouski! A more gorgeous sweet cat I've never met :) 
He is also incredibly smart and so much fun!

I'll start off by saying I haven't been away anywhere since 1978. A trip was long overdue, and I can't think of a better vacation than going to visit dear friend and fellow blogger Catherine. 
http://kilmouskiandme.blogspot.com  Wow it was almost a 12 hour drive! But I was just fine because I took a box full of my favorite music and just jammed the whole way! It was actually fun, grueling but fun.

The trip to Repair Days at the National Ornamental Metals Museum was very interesting. 

We got to watch molten iron poured into molds. Here is a picture:

Not a bad pic for a crummy little cell phone. I had forgotten my good camera that day, oh well...

Catherine seems to have picked up a hitch-hiker haha!

The neighborhood where she lives is situated around a beautiful private lake. I took these pictures:



Same shot zoomed in:





It was a very nice trip. Thank you to Catherine and Kilmouski for the wonderful hospitality :)

And then another 12 hours back home...












Thursday, October 2, 2014


I made this Gray Longhair cat. He is hand carved, hand painted, then the fur is applied. He is very life like, I had fun with it. It is on ebay till this Sunday night (Oct. 5th)