Over the years I’ve enjoyed carving wildfowl, songbirds and shorebirds, as well as a few bark carvings. But in recent years I’ve been pretty dedicated to caricature carving. I enjoy the fun of coming up with a comical idea for the carving and find myself smiling at the figures and the names and personalities that I give them. I also enjoy carving and painting detail. I probably spend the majority of my time on a project in just adding detail after detail in the last phases of the carving.
My carvings lean toward caricatures of people and situations…and dogs…that would have been around in the 30’s and 40’s: “Hobo and Ned” have borrowed a depression era pump railcar from the Kingston and Pembroke Railway; “Mervin the Mover” is hauling 1930’s household articles in a single load; “On the Road Again” features two little hounds going for a joy-ride in a 30’s era racer.
When I carved my hobo friend and the pump railcar, Peggy suggested that he needed a dog. So, to show a lot of motion, I chose a Basset Hound so that it’s ears could flap in the wind. Well, it seemed to me that little addition made the whole carving work, and, as a result, I’ve went on to do a number of caricature carvings featuring one or more Basset Hounds.
My most recent project returns me to my earlier relief carving and is that of a chalice box featuring a number of religious images.
If you have any particular ideas that you believe would make a nice subject for a carving, please leave me a message as I enjoy a challenge.
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