I knew I wanted to carve a Loon for the 2015 Christmas Ornament. The size was a challenge. Not too big and not too small. I saw exactly what I wanted in an antique shop for inspiration and almost bought it…and I was
bitching wishing out loud one day at carving about the inspiration piece I should have bought for $20. Fellow carver Rich said “I think I have just what you need.” His Loon was metal of some kind and very heavy…but it was inspiration for free!
The prototype worked out just fine. Many blanks were cut out of yellow popple. (Yellow Aspen). A blank gives you a general shape. My arthritic fingers like to carve smaller objects. Far Guy is a great carver, he rough carved many for me to finish, so it was a together effort. Each Loon is a little different…I think it is more fun that way!
Carved and sanded and ready for Gesso
Gesso as a primer works so well for wood painting projects!
I tried to paint as I went, the most I painted in one day was 8 or 9…it is tedious work.
I was very glad the day this project was completed. Most of the carving was done outside on the patio and all of the sanding was done outdoors. The people at carving club were wondering if we were ever going to get done. I think I could carve one now without looking!
We have been making Christmas Ornaments for family members since 1990. The first few years I didn’t keep any for myself…I just gave them all away! Our thought was if nieces and nephews got an ornament with their name on it that when they left home and got married they would have some ornament to hang on their trees.
If you would like to be entered in the drawing for a Loon ornament go to this post Favorite Ornaments and a Give Away and leave me a comment and I will draw some names on Friday night (tonight!) at 9PM my time, and hopefully get the ornaments off in the mail on Monday.