Years ago, probably about 10 years ago some of my relatives ( Aunt Anna, Chuckie and Kathy) got together to carve a Santa. The inspiration was a ceramic Santa that belonged to my Aunt Anna. Someone scanned it so we all had copies of how it should look plus when we got together to carve we could look at the inspiration in person. Everyone finished theirs…except me. Luckily I kept the scans.
My carving has been in and out of my carving bag, for awhile it was hidden upstairs in a very large tin of unfinished carvings. If finally found it’s way back into my bag during one of the carving sorts…there is “stuff” in that tin that should be finished or burned.
I worked on it before Christmas (ever optomistic that I would finish it before Christmas but that didn’t happen) yesterday I smoothed out some rough parts. He carries a tree in one hand and holds the bag slung over his shoulder in the other. I hope to help that area between bag and beard when it is painted… it was one area that I really struggled with.
His bag looks more like a backpack, I suppose I could fix that but I have declared it DONE and ready for gesso and paint. When his is painted I will share the finished carving…just another of my ongoing projects.
I have been woodcarving for about 13 years now. I have learned so much over the years and I think my carving skills have improved.