Monday, August 24, 2015

Woodcarvings: Trillium

Time for an update on the Trilliums that we are carving.  It was a class that we started four weeks ago.  We have spent a fair amount of time at home carving on these flowers in between classes.

This is what we started with.

Chunks of wood

Three chunks of basswood.

After much carving here are my pieces.

Trillium Carved

The weather was rainy cloudy and cool all weekend…so I spent some time carving in the greenhouse/woodshop.

I selected a piece of Black Walnut from the “woodpile” for my base.  The two sticks are stems from a Thornapple Bush.  The stems need to be sanded yet…I am saving something for class this week.

My Trillium

Here it is during a trial run. I may shorten it up a bit before the final gluing.  AND it will be painted…so it is not done yet…oh and it will get stamens…they are thorns from the Thornapple rolled in sawdust…they will be added last.

Far Guys Trillium

This is Far Guy’s Trillium…as you can see we carve differently because we see things differently. I like the way his flower faces outward…where as mine looks like it is seeking the sun.  He also chose Black Walnut for the base…but with an oval shape.

Two Trilliums together

Trillium togetherness.

Trillium

The Trillium was a challenging diversion, I probably won’t carve another one.  I  carved on it about 30 hours. Now I can get back to carving Christmas Ornaments.  I would like to have them all done before it snows. 

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26 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful. Both you and Far Guy do very good work and I love them both. Can't wait to see them painted.

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  2. I love both of these. I have such fond memories of trilliums growing in the woods around Nalley Valley.

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  3. Oh my gosh! Those are just beautiful! You both are just wonderfully talented!

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  4. How much work they are, but well worth it once they are finished. I'm so impressed with the talent you both have displayed here! :-)

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  5. I'm so glad you showed your carvings. Always think how much time goes into one of those pieces. Will be looking forward to seeing the Christmas ones.

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  6. That's amazing! Getting the smooth shapes of the leaves and petals out of the rough blocks seems impossible. I've tried wood carving (not very successfully), so I can imagine how much work is involved!

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  7. OMG that is AMAZING!!! I like them both but the thing I liked the best was your comment on "....because we see things differently..."! I can understand not wanting to do another - I'm finding that with a crochet project I am doing right now - once done it is DONE! Looking forward to getting back into my garage with the saw though too. Still adore my showy lady slipper hanging on my wall too!

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  8. Looks wonderful!

    We just cut some wild cherry and plum and the wood looks fascinating. I am deciding what to do. I do know it's not going in the fire wood pile.

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  9. They both are so well done. I am impressed at the carving of the leaves to make them a natural shape and not look stiff. They are masterpieces and maybe, like in painting, one masterpiece is enough.

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  10. You are doing a fantastic job! I can't even imagine doing this. I'll stick to crocheting.

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  11. I just marvel at the abilities of you and Far Guy.. Am eager to see the flowers when they are painted.

    Shirley H.

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  12. OH! MY! GOODNESS! That is just beautiful!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  13. Wow! They are very impressive, look forward to seeing them painted.

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  14. What wonderful carvings! They are beautiful. And I love trilliums, so what a great subject.

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  15. Great job! They both look wonderful unpainted.

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  16. Looking at the flat cut-out and seeing the finished carving, I can understand why it took 30 carving hours...very beautiful !!

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  17. The trilliums are amazing. I can well see that they would take many hours to carve!!!

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  18. Awesome carving! I'm amazed at what can be done. You must have lots of patience.

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  19. That is absolutely beauitufl Connie, both of you did a great job! That is something that a art collector might like to take a look at..

    You are both very talented, I can see why you love it so much.

    Jen

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  20. Wow .... your carved trilliums are absolutely beautiful. You both have so much talent. I am very impressed. Thank you for showing us the beauty of your flowers. Just lovely.

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  21. Those are wonderful! I hope you will show us the finished product.

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  22. That looks like a lot of work! Can't wait to see the finished product--on both of them. Togetherness rocks!

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  23. Wow! You 2 are very talented and they are both exquisite! It is interesting how they are both different too just like in nature.

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  24. Did someone say BAD word?

    ....SNOW....?

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  25. Both carvings are lovely! You two are so talented.

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