Ego? Sure, I do. Why else would I have done all those shows? Blog posts and blather about my carving from one end of the internet to the other!
The gilt-edged age for the ship carver had to have been the 17th and 18th centuries. The figureheads were the least of it. There were gilded coats of arms, allegorical figures, swags, and elaborately carved moldings everywhere.
Sometimes dreams are surreal...
woodworkers are masters of recycling from plank to scrap.
There are always variations on old standards. Some are even improvements.
Examples offer clues for learning that books and videos can't
Neither materials nor tools define you as an artist.
Paint hides a multitude of sins is an old seaman's adage. It also hides all the details,