Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Bark Carving Finished

I took a class in 2012 to make a larger bark carving.  It was two pieces of bark glued together with hot glue.  The idea was to carve it and then heat it in the microwave and the hot glue would get mushy and you could separate the pieces to drill out some of your windows…doors whatever you carved…then the two pieces could be permanently glued together.
Alrighty then!
June 4 2012 Hunk of wood
June 2012
Got a vision yet?   Neither did I but sometimes you have to let the wood talk to you.  Although sometimes I think it is speaking a foreign language.
June 11 2012 Carving
I saw a tree and a house and a chimney…maybe.
Bark Carving three 2012
June 2012 Making progress!
Then the class ended and I carted that piece of wood around in my carving bag for a long time…I would pick it, up carve something off of it and shove it back in my bag.

I finally got it far enough along to separate it…well the doggone thing warped…I left it out in the greenhouse/woodshop…I nearly threw it away.  One day last summer I picked it up and got the pieces to meet together somewhat close enough.
Bark Carving ready to paint january 2016
It is not perfect but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I worked on it a little more and declared it ready to paint.
Tree side
The tree side.  January 18, 2016
Hut side
The hut side.  Here you can clearly see where it was two pieces at one time.

Cross one unfinished project off the list!  For now I put it up on the mantle, I have to remember to take it to carving next week to show it off..otherwise those guys think I never finish anything…I do, it just took me three years and seven months.  This is not my oldest project…I have others that may or may not be unearthed.
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24 comments:

  1. What an interesting project! I never thought about carvers putting two pieces together. Ice sculptors can do it, why not wood carvers? Very cute. Don't feel bad about the time it took. Knitters have projects like that too.mI'm not naming any knitters, however. ;-)

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  2. I think it looks fantastic. You really have talent!

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  3. That is really neat! Who cares how long it took to finish the project; you finished it and it looks good.

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  4. I think it's very nice myself. I like the tree the best. :-)

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  5. Wow! Move over Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni!

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  6. Love it. I'm glad I'm not the only one that takes her time...that last saddle talked to me for six long years before it sat on a horse.

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  7. I look back at the first picture and can't imagine you seeing anything in that piece of bark. You are good! The finished piece reminds me of a little home pictured in a fairy tale.

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  8. What a gift you have, to be able to see something in it.

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  9. Good for you for going back and getting it finished, not sure that I would! Yep, you've got to take it to show those men!

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  10. Very nice - I think you heard the bark's voice and understood it completely. Definitely take it to show your fellow carvers.

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  11. Amazing.

    I need your sight for my dragon and Hamadryad. I see her then she disappears before I can draw her out.

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  12. You are very talented, Connie! Well done!

    Linda

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  13. Awesome, well worth the wait. You did a great job.

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  14. I would all that a labor of love! Nicely done and I'll bet you learned a lot.

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  15. Wonderful job looks amazing ! lovely photos to . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  16. Kudos!! Those very old projects are the most relief when finally finished. Yes, go show it off. :)

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  17. Interesting how you came to carve it the way you did, letting the wood decide. It's kind of magical. It think elves might move in when you're not watching. :-)

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  18. wow ... you are very talented! Thank you for showing us your finished piece. I like it..... alot!

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  19. You are so talented. Timeline for completion does not matter at all - - unless it was a baby gift and the kid is an adult. Thanks for sharing again. It's always interesting - - and I need to go back and comment on Chance's so he doesn't get jealous.

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  20. Cool! You have a wonderful sense of design and whimsey.

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie