Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

My Project List

I wonder if everyone has a project list full of ideas?  I love having a project list…always have.  As a kid, I used to look forward to the Fall just because I knew that I’d be down the basement working on a project…usually a model airplane.

One of the newer additions to my list, one that I introduced a little while ago, was my notion of a hockey-player sitting in the penalty box following a bit of a scuffle.  I’ve pretty much completed the head and helmet, but ran into a little trouble with the body…I just can’t seem to get the right orientation of the shoulders and arms…or, at least, something that is going to make me happy with the final carving.  So, I’m going to try something that I’ve not tried before and that’s using modelling clay to create a three dimensional body figure that I can use as a model for the carving.

Carving wood is a bit unforgiving…once you’ve carved away too much, well, you’ve carved away too much.  Many carvers first develop a clay model where, of course, you can add or take away clay to your heart’s delight, and, once your satisfied, turn your creation into a wood carving.  I’m going to give it a try with my first ever block of clay!

Don’t laugh if this doesn’t turn out.

Another project that I’ve started involves a…wait for it…Basset Hound!  Not sure what I’ll call this carving yet but am feeling like this particular little hound may end up with a touch of attitude.  Especially, with that six-shooter hanging in his holster.

Here’s a quick sketch of what I have in mind.  Stay tuned.



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3 thoughts on “My Project List

  1. Cheryl Caro on said:

    That will be a cute one for sure! Good luck with the clay! I’m sure you will figure it out. 😊


  2. It’s going to be another fabulous hound that’s for sure and I’m certain your hockey player will turn out great with the clay.


  3. Yes, I think that this one is going to be fun. I guess that once a love for cowboys and westerns gets into your veins as a boy, it’s going to stay with you. I don’t think that I would have blended a dog figure with a cowboy figure prior to carving the Country Hound…but that carving turned out so well and to be so much fun, this one is worth a try.

    I don’t know exactly why I’m having so much trouble with the hockey player’s figure, but I wanted to try a clay model at some point, so, this will be the test.


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