One of my hobbies is wood carving. I carve once a week with a group of highly talented people. From time to time one of them will give a class.
Byron gave a class on Lady Slippers ( the flower) last summer. Far Guy finished his and sent it to his sister. Mine has been a work in progress for the last nine months. Byron started another class..same flower..this time Far Guy is doing two. I am ready to be done with the first and last lady slipper that I will ever carve.
See that bunch of pieces piled up..that is what you start with.
My flower is all carved and put together. The five parts that make up the flower are carved separately. In the background you can see my leaves. The flower head and the leaves will be attached to a Thorn Apple branch. The wood I am carving is Basswood.
Very soon I am taking a class on Norwegian Flat Plane Carving with an instructor that I have admired for many years. On the last day of the workshop we are supposed to showcase some of our carvings to the public. I hope to have the Lady Slipper finished and painted by then:)