During the winter we go to Wood Carving every week. It is mainly men, but sometimes a few women show up. Most of the carvers are retired, all are very talented. If you are struggling with something someone is bound to have a suggestion.
Far Guy was working on a Lady Slipper to donate to a Silent Auction for a fundraiser. Then he had surgery and didn’t think he would be able to finish in time. I helped him one afternoon and together we got er done. I have carved one before, Far Guy has carved several.
I sanded and carved a bit, Far Guy put all the pieces together and cut out the base, then I painted and applied a bees wax finish.
There are five separate pieces in the stem and leaves. The stem is an actual twig that is stripped of its bark and sanded smooth.
There are another five pieces in the flower.
My wrinkly old paint speckled fingers will give you an idea of the size.
Here is the stem in the base awaiting a flower. The wood is all Aspen or Populus deltoids or Popple or as I call it “Piss Popple.” If used for firewood it weeps out the ends the entire time it is burning.
Here it is all done. I think it is a work of art!
It was delivered in plenty of time for the Silent Auction. Far Guy is a very generous person to make something for almost every fundraiser in the area. We didn’t know this young man with pancreatic cancer, but we know other members of his family. We live in a small community that pulls together to help out others when their situations seem overwhelming:)