Saturday, June 30, 2018

The finished Lilac Leaf

The finished Lilac Leaf.  This was a commission for Norman Stevens.  I presented this to him last night (Friday, June 29, 2018) at the opening of the Exhibition, Celebrating 85, The Stevens Collection.  All hand-carved and painted, I worked exclusively on this piece for two weeks, so that it would be finished in time to present to him in person.  He loved it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There have been several more days of carving, focusing on the details - making it thinner, adding veins on the front and back, the Lilac Leaf is now ready for color.  That happens tomorrow.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Carving Commission.

A new commission, carving a Lilac leaf.  I’ve carved plenty of spoons and ladles, but a single leaf was a new one.

I started this project by taking photos of leaves on my iPad, to use as reference.  I have a very large lilac bush in my front yard, so I didn’t need to travel far.  Next step – select the wood.  I had to use a piece that was fairly thick, because I wanted the leaf to have curl and movement.  I opted to use a roughed out bowl blank, and cut the leaf from a side wall.  

Using a sheet of Acetate, I sketched a pattern, then cut it out and placed the clear pattern on the bowl.  Being able to see through the pattern was important for grain orientation.  The leaf stem would be very narrow and thin, and I needed to be sure that the grain orientation ran the length of the stem, rather than across.  Then using the bandsaw, I cut the leaf out of the bowl.

Several days of carving and I’ve got the leaf roughed out. Now to work on the finer shaping.