It is a wonderful hobby, and the guys will say that buying supplies …wood, knives, gouges and various bits to fit power carvers is just like women who quilt or sew that never have enough fabric.
Sooner or later everyone finds their niche in carving. Mine is little bark houses and buildings. Far Guy carves flowers. Many of the guys carve ducks and birds. Sheila who is very talented even carved a old fashioned doll complete with movable joints.
We had an “artist” that joined us three times, he was going to carve one of those drugstore Cigar Indians…life size….he never returned. We had one weird guy show up and spread out all his carvings on a towel and then just sit there and stare at people, it was as if he was marking his spot.( Like male dogs mark theirs.) People come and go within the group some are snow birds and some take the summers off. There are about 8 of us that show up once a week…but that number can swell to 20.
This spring Far Guy designed and carved a Coneflower
I painted it for him it is a Purple Coneflower!
The flower head was covered with bits of bark that I was carving one day. He made good use of my chips.
At the present time I am working on Christmas Ornaments, my goal is to carve and get one ready to paint every day. Far Guy finished his newest flower that is a beauty and he has asked me to paint it for him. I took photos and will share them after it is complete. I would venture to guess that he has about 100 hours in his latest carving.