After finishing up the Christmas Ornaments I was faced with the dilema …what to carve next? During our weekly carving get togethers one of the gals was carving a daisy. I asked her if she would like to teach a few of us the technique…she said “Sure.” She is a very talented woodcarver…she graduated from high school with Far Guy.
She took the time to make study pieces….step by step carvings that help you to carve a piece along with very detailed instructions. Far Guy cut out a few round pieces of basswood. Bit by bit we learned how. In my case it is a good thing that no two daisies are alike! I struggle with transposing the position of the petal on top and what parts are over or under to the bottom of the petal…it must be a right brain left brain thing so I usually end up guessing!
The one on the right is pretty much done and the one on the left is in progress.
I woodburned a design on the underside of the daisy…a stem will be attached…and these five will someday be a bouquet. SOMEDAY.
I would like to carve one more project before Christmas ( a gift) and I would like to do the prototype of next years ornament before we are forced to carve inside because it will get cold on the patio!
My carving skills are improving. I began carving in the winter of 2004 at my Uncle Otto and Aunt Marie’s dining room table. Uncle Otto took Far Guy, Cousin Kathy and I under his wing and taught us the basics. Uncle Otto died on September 13 2004 his 68th birthday. After he died we didn’t carve for a long time…but eventually we all began to carve again. I think he would be pleased with how far his students have come.