Deals!!!!

I consider rebates to be a kind of iniquity. I must send in the information electronically or by mail, wait until it is verified, and wait until the rebate is redeemed. Frequently this takes so long that I am left trying to figure out where the check for $1.98 came from.

A Calm Sea

've done a number of these signs. Being that I often carve for a sea-loving clientele, the themes relate to life aboard and on the water. Each sign is graced with an individually hand-carved sloop, schooner, or other vessels.

Flotilla

This small flotilla of a schooner and some sloops all came together in days. I found that I had a terrible itch to carve. I'd been working on some designs in Illustrator, and I am no maven when it comes to graphics programs. So the frustration built up until I had to go out to the shop and get my hands on real tools and make chips and shavings.

Invent

Currently, I am bandsawing small planks, turning blanks and spoon blanks for future projects. Admittedly my storage areas look like I am a packrat. But the materials were either free or very cheap compared to buying plank stock in length and thickness for the work. Nothing goes to waste.

Stability

A while ago, I read an article in the New York Times on how artwork produced in the past seventy years was disintegrating rapidly. The deterioration was due to impermanent pigments, aging materials, and chemical conflicts between elements in a mixed media artwork. Some things were never meant to last forever, and others were never intended to be together in art.

Glossy

You probably receive several monthly fliers from the tool manufacturers. If you've worked in wood longer than six months, the shiny things come in every few weeks. These insinuate that you'll be a better craftsperson with their reverse bobtail jointing jig ( only $175.00). Of course, you don't even know what a reverse bobtail joint is, but you'll pour over the glossy pages with pure tool lust in your eyes.

Curly

Smoothing curly grain or decoratively knotted wood can always be an issue in carving. Cabinet makers have tricks with scrapers and planes, but they generally are not working in the tight spaces that a carver has. This spoon was a particular issue.

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