Here’s a fish carving that I ‘m working on. It is carved and painted on both sides and stands alone. I began the coloring process with a controlled flame to darken the stripes and back. After a coat of stain I added some white oil paint.
I’ve always loved fishing and I enjoy carving fish. So I thought I’d make a few decorations for other fish lovers. My first one is designed as a place to hang your keys or other things. I distressed the wood after carving it to look like weathered barn wood. My second trout has an antique appearance. Both are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Here’s another miniature mount which my wife made. It is made from wool roving on a wire armature. We hand sculpted the antlers with epoxy clay. He has glass eyes. He can be found in my wife’s etsy shop called cottagemadegifts.
Recently my wife has been needle felting little sculptures with wool roving. I talked her into making miniature trophy head mounts. I made the antlers and helped to advise on shape and color. So it was kind of a collaboration. I think he turned out pretty neat. He is for sale in my wife’s etsy shop;
This month I put some of my art in a new local gallery called the Copper Horse Art Center and Gallery, in Prairie City Oregon. It’s filled with a great variety of beautiful artwork from local artists including the gallery owner Laurie Hueckman.
I found an aspen limb which had been broken off in a wind storm and decided to make some cups. I left the bark on the outside and the wood has a very pleasant scent. I have been drinking coffee out of one that I made and I like how the aspen scent comes through in every sip. I heard that using tung oil was best for wooden cups but after trying it I prefer to leave them natural. So far they have not shown any signs of cracking.