The carving group is carving ducks…a Pintail I think. There are about five of us that are still doing our own thing.
The carvers always say “Whatcha working on ? Those little houses again?” If I am not working on some kind of Christmas Ornament then I am carving with bark.
Yes I like to carve cottonwood bark, it is easy to carve and my arthritic hands don’t mind it at all.
I work on these little houses and when I get them so far then I drill the holes for the windows and door. Soon I will take a small file and clean up the windows…maybe make some different shaped windows. After that I will paint them.
Truth be told I have a whole box full of finished houses upstairs…they might be Christmas Ornaments again some year…who really knows. A few of these new designs will go to the winners of the Snow Stick contest IF and when our snow melts.
No two bark houses are ever alike with me…you have to let the wood speak to you.
This is what I start with.
The two bark pieces in the middle will be houses someday.