Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Some more paintings for Chicago


I made the frames from cherry, but the paintings are removable if a different frame is desired.



And last this guy is framed but he is packed away so I am posting  the painting cropped.





Tuesday, March 8, 2016

more paintings


These are all going to Chicago. They are 2 to 3 inches high. They are still unframed but I thought it was kind of neat to post them this way. I make all my own frames. I've made this little girl's frame, just waiting for her to dry completely.


This one is by the same painter that did the wire haired terrier from the other batch of paintings I posted.


Here is a different cute little terrier,


And last, this woman. I have a couple more I was hoping to do. I still have to make frames and time is running out.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

My home grown cherry wood


I've carved another Irish George II tea table but this time I used my own home grown cherry wood. 
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FROM THIS:


TO THIS:



I speak frequently about the little cherry tree that my neighbor cut down, the one I ate cherries from.
I took the trunk home because I loved the little tree, but I did not know at that time what was inside just waiting to live on. Perfect "in scale" grain and knots and a beautiful coloring. 


This photo shows a nice little knot.
It is so fun to cut off a piece of log, mill it down, thickness it and create a miniature piece of furniture!






Saturday, December 12, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tables


I have been busy making tables. I will be taking these to Chicago. This first one is an Irish George II carved tea table circa 1750. (All three tables are 1:12 scale, scratch built, hand carved cherry). Carved knees, ball and claw feet, scallop apron. The real one was made with the shell a separate piece so I did mine that way. I found pictures of this and scaled it down as opposed to finding plans (like below table 2). I took some in progress shots.


Legs cut and mortised.


Dry fit.


Working on the carving.


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This next tea table has candle slides and slipper feet.


Here is a blurb that came with the plans. (The plans were of a full sized table which I scaled down to 1:12th.)
"In Colonial America, prior to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, colonists adopted many of the lifestyles of English citizens. Tea tables came into vogue in the early 1700's." 



Some in progress shots:


Here we see the side aprons cut and slotted for the candle slides and supports.


Here the slides and supports are in place. The knee returns are still rough.


Here I've put the two little nails (the full size plans said put 2 brass screws) so the slides aren't pulled all the way out. This was quite the conundrum. Like the mind teaser of the chicken, the corn and the fox. What to take across the river so one does not get eaten. My problem was figuring if you put the nails in, you can't get them in the slots. If you put the fronts on, you can't do the nails. I put the fronts on then I found a way to support the slides while pressing in the nails. The tray top was tricky to make. I coved the strips, then I had to rabbet them. Then I had to make the bead. Last step after the finish was to turn tiny brass knobs.


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And last we have this little white French table. Don't have any more info just thought it was interesting. Carved knees and aprons, and I can't for the life of me remember what this style of feet are called! 




















Friday, October 23, 2015

Little lop bunny


I made this little lop earred bunny. He is hand carved wood, painted, then his fur is applied. A tedious procedure indeed. 


I don't name my animals, but this little guy seems to be saying his name is Timmy :)






Monday, September 21, 2015

Lemon tree update


Well I finally have something to report on the little lemon tree. He is in NO hurry to grow up! In October, he will be 3 years old. It took 2 months to poke his little head out of the dirt. I was giving up and turning off the grow light when I spotted him:


Then it took many weeks for this:


Then months:


Last winter he had around 6 leaves and lost 3 of them....I thought it was curtains for sure.....


Now, as of today, he is a whole foot tall! Nice rebound  my little tree:)








Monday, August 31, 2015

My latest piece


A smooth hair tri-color fox terrier. He is hand carved, painted then fur applied.


With every attention to detail. Even the roof of his mouth it detailed! Toes with nails, paw pads. Very life filled eyes.


Anatomically correct male. Two of the previous three fox terriers I've carved, custom orders of people's dog from their photos, had the one ear up. So I  decided to do this one's ears the same.


On ebay this week.








Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big news!


I'm ready to make a big announcement. I'm going to be a dealer in the Chicago International this April! I will have furred animals, accessories, and some furniture. Stop by and say hello :)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A little kitten


Here is my latest, a little kitten. Carved then furred. He's been startled by a mouse!




A frog comes by to say hello.
I carved and furred the mouse and carved and painted the frog.


Carved toes and little paw pads.