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Category: Woodcarving

What begins usually with a chain saw and involves other dangerous tools can turn into some animal or it might simply be a wooden bowl or chalice—the latter of which falls under the rubric of “Tableware.”

Tableware and Carvings 2014

Tableware and Carvings 2014

The bowls and chalices shown were saved from the fire, having originally been just logs in a cord of wood destined for the fireplace. Every carving begins with a chain saw. Then I use a grinder and gouges before a great deal of sanding. The outside is often sealed with a polyurethene coating, while the inside uses a food-friendly mineral oil. If the wood ever feels dry to the touch feel free to freshen up the inside with more mineral oil. Discovering the beauty of the wood and wondering about the seasons of its life is what this art is all about. I begin using violent tools in order to excavate down into the wood to discover patterns and fissures that lay hidden away. Each bowl tells its own story! If you’re interested in other carvings visit www.georgemartin.org and send me an email!

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New Carvings — 2012

New Carvings — 2012

A Practice Owl!
Next to our new cabin is a stump which hold three barn owls that I carved in 2010. It all began with an eight foot stump of an oak tree that died which stands to the West side of our new cabin.

The eight foot stump of an old oak tree.
The eight foot stump of an old oak tree.

The first part of the carving process is taking off the bark and hoping to actually discover the owls that I thought were hiding in the wood.

Roughing out the stump. The owls must be in there somewhere.
Roughing out the stump. The owls must be in there somewhere. (The scaffolding surrounds the tree stump for this part of the carving process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I needed to use scaffolding. Here is the first evidence that an owl has been discovered.

Discovering the shape of an owl in this stump.
Discovering the shape of an owl in this stump.

 

 

There were two large owls carved, along with a baby owl found in the remains of a large branch.

Three owls in the stump of an old oak tree
The finished owls, looking to the West.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished three owls are what led us to think of an appropriate name for our new cabin. It’s called “Owls Branch Lodge.”

This year (2012) we were able to start enjoying our new cabin (aka “Lake Home”). We spent a great deal of time working on various projects, especially those related to landscaping. Consequently I didn’t have much time for carving this past season. With another large oak tree stump about 20 feet from the carving I did in 2010 I could see more owls appearing. As I usually do with the my carving I began by practicing on another log. Thus the owl I carved this past summer is called a “Practice Owl.” The painting I did on it leaves something to be desired, especially with the eyes. When I actually carve the next barn owls I’ll use realistic looking eyes appropriate to a barn owl. Once more it will be a family of owls that I’ll carve in 2013.

Woodcarvings at Pelican Lake

Woodcarvings at Pelican Lake

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