Framing my carving

19 Jul

I got a chance to frame my finished carving.  Here’s how I did it.

Final Acanthus Leaf framed (1 of 1








Finishing up some Carving Projects

4 Jul

I got a chance over the long weekend to finish up a couple of carving projects.  The bowl is made from red alder and the Acanthus leaf is carved in Alaskan yellow cedar.

Hopefully more carving soon.

Acanthus Leaf (2 of 5


Carving Project with Mary May Continued

14 Jun

In the photo gallery I walk through how I did the end of the rays in the Sunburst carving.  See previous posts for more information.



Carving Project – Mary May

13 Jun

This week I’m working on a project in Mary’s class under her wise guidance.  I promised myself that I would take lots of pictures of the progress as I went along and talk a bit about the cuts that I’m making. 

So here goes.


Mary May’s Carving Class

10 Jun

So I got to spend the week learning to carve from Mary May at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.  Here’s the last project of the week that we did.  I didn’t quite finish it but you get the idea of a Acanthus leaf.  Class was great fun and Mary’s laid back approach to carving was tons of fun.


My First Carved Bowl

20 May

A couple of weeks ago, a red alder fell into one of our city streets.  The city did a wise thing and cut the tree up into wood worker sized logs. Red Alder, I learned turns bright orange on a cut surface after a day or more of exposure.  So here are my progress shots.  Most of my work was done with my bowl adze. County Workshop is also where I got my bowl gouges.



Almost a million views and a bit of an explanation

14 May


So it’s been a very interesting Year.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed that blog posts have been down here and when I have posted, many times it’s been other’s work not mine.  About this time last year I was told I was being transferred to a position based in Tacoma.  And for those of you who know about Seattle traffic, you’ll know that this was a big problem.  

It was in many ways a promotion but the negatives out weighed the benefits so I had to launch into full blown job search mode which was a significant challenge since I’d been in my previous job for 15 years.  But good news, if you fast forward to today, I’m now at the end of my forth week in my new job and having fun again.  My day is longer but I’m hoping to negotiate some additional woodworking personal time😉 .

Preview of Things to Come

In June I’ll be leaving the fam at home and going on a luxurious 2 week woodworking vacation and immersing myself in carving.   I’ll be putting my Ernest Sarjeant carving gouges to work.

This adventure also promises some good blog post.  I’ll also be posting about a bowl I’m attempting to carve.  In the mean time, here’s a quick shot of the bowl and a view of my commute to my new job.

Oh and BTW!

My blog is about to hit a million views, so hopefully my upcoming post will put it over the top.  Weeeeee!  A million view.  I never thought I’d ever hit that.  

Thanks for reading!!🙂