We began with a wood blank. Mostly Basswood but there were some Butternut. Butternut is much harder to carve!
Our idea this year came from a fellow carver Sheila. She always has lots of ideas.
Left; blank cut out on the bandsaw. Middle; partially carved. Right; carved and sanded. The carving on the far right is Butternut. Butternut has beautiful grain.
I decided to keep the stockings/boots (whatever you want to call them) very plain versus painting them!. I drew and painted a spring of Holly and Berries on them...one by one.
Here the ornaments are hanging up to dry. My "holder" will hold 12 ornaments. It is a fancy smancy "holder" ...a Peanut Butter Jar with a piece of wood screwed to the lid...the piece of wood has small nails for individual holders.
The ornaments were sealed.
Phase Two began. What to put in the boots/stockings ? We tried to carve a teddy bear...what a laugh that was. Far Guy carved all the candy canes. We decided that we would purchase some small beads for balls and some tiny bells. I painted the beads. Far Guy cut out blocks. I visited the local five and dime and bought some clay to see if we could make a bear out of clay...it worked and I went back to get more clay!
One day we had enough stuff to begin stuffing the boots/stockings.
No two are exactly the same. It was a good project. Names and dates are on the opposite side of the boot/stocking. These in the photos were kept blank I believe we carved 110 and I have 9 left over.