Many of these items are available to purchase here.
I’ve been working to expand my offerings as I develop new skills and to fill interesting niches.
The weeks following Christmas are always very productive for me. I’ve little money during this time. We pay cash for Christmas gifts and meals so there is little left for materials. I have up to two weeks alone in the shop so I tend to explore projects using the materials at hand.
That’s how I became a carver. I began carving spoons from fire wood and found wood. Soon little birds began to emerge from these odds and ends. Even when I must purchase wood to carve it is relatively inexpensive.
This Christmas (2009) I began to make Shaker style boxes and totes from wood I had in stock. The wood used for these boxes is so thin than a relatively small piece of wood will produce a great deal of use-able material.
I’m gearing up for the spring and summer shows. Birds will continue to be the centerpiece of my body of work. After all I am “50 Little Birds”. I have completed all of the carvings for the Folk School but several of the pieces are still available to purchase. I will be offering 2-3 large “art pieces” as well as flatties. Flatties are two-dimensional painted birds in the style of my carvings. These less expensive birds can be used as holiday ornaments or simple hanging decoration.
I’ve also been exploring whale forms, specifically narwhals.
In addition to the birds I’ve developed some oval boxes and totes. I began to build these in order to develop classes for the Folk School. I’ve quitee a few on hand and enjoy painting them. I expect to have 8-12 of these pieces with me at shows.
I’ve also been exploring Fraktur, Pennsylvania Dutch illuminated illustrations. Many of these geometric illustrations feature bird themes and I consider this work to be an extension of 50 Little Birds.
Below I’ve collected a representation of the kinds of pieces that will be available at these shows. I’ll let you know more about the shows as I am selected (or not) by their juries.