|The Leader of the Pack!|
On to the show and tell segment of the meeting. Ed brought in the Wenge bowl he showed the parts of at the last meeting. You may recall that it's part of his "bowl from a board" series and it turned out beautifully. Unfortunately the bowl spent so much time being passed from one member to the next and admired that we failed to get a picture of it for the blog.
Ron brought a number of his road construction machinery in for us to enjoy:
|Ron's Construction Equipment|
Kate brought in this piece:
|Stone Wood ??|
|Kate, that's Ron in the Background|
The other member to bring in and share his recent work is Persi. He too is a carver and has shared some of his work before. This is the piece he brought in to share this time:
|Looks Beautiful Doesn't It?|
This particular piece is carved out of Alder which he says is fast becoming his favorite wood to carve in. It holds details well and is not quite as hard as Maple but neither is it as soft as Basswood. His second favorite wood is Black Walnut but finding 8/4 can be difficult. He's been working with thicker stock to begin with so that he can make his details deeper. The question always seems to come up as to how long did a piece take to make, his reply on this one was about 50 hours including the preliminary drawing and design time. He uses a combination of power tools for the rough out and then hand chisels, x-acto knife, razor blade, etc. -- what ever it takes to get the job done. He's going to challenge himself next by doing portraiture which is very exacting. From my artist wife Diane, I know that's so true. You can change the branches on a tree and get away with it but move someone's nose 1/4" to the left, add a slight hook, maybe a zit and guess what? It's a NO SALE!
Our main presenter this evening was Dennis Patchett who'll be teaching a carving class at the school beginning next week. Here he is ready to amaze us with the work he is able to do. One underlying theme I always pick up from Dennis is that he truly loves what his work. We've talked at various places and it's pretty obvious. This is the key for all of us as we work towards whatever goal we have -- enjoy the process and time spent with your tools.
|Our Resident Carver|
|Three, Dovetailed Secret Drawers|
And if that wasn't enough, flanked it with these butterflies on either side:
Another item he brought in was this carved shell of Black Walnut on a drawer front.
|Carved Walnut Shell|
|"Actually, I just sharpen my finger nail ……."|
|Tiger Oak with Basswood Top|
One other carving Dennis showed and I'll admit I fell in love with is this flower:
|My Personal Favorite|
To sum up some of the comments and information regarding his carving skills, Dennis says he probably spends three hours of study time to determine where all of the planes of the piece will fall to every hour of actual carving time. In an earlier conversation with him he mentioned that he'll go out in nature and just observe how flowers unfold, how leaves lay and curl, or how the bark on a tree winds its way around the trunk. The magic comes in when you can control your hands and tools to bring what's in your minds eye out to that three dimensional piece of wood ---- something Dennis has mastered quite well.
All due respect folks, but I'm now officially tired; time to join my Ali and take a nap!