umI just purchased a set of German food carving tools and started in on pumpkins. Here are a few that I have done.
Frankenstein’s Monster ( Lon Chaney Style)
Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi Style)
Many visitors in the studio comment on on how my St Nicholas carvings look antique. The process is really simple. I stain the carvings with layer after layer of color to build up the richness of the color, but the thin layers allow the figure (grain) of the wood to show through. Then I coat it with a really thick layer of gel stain and wipe it off with clean soft rags. The photos show the process.
These are two Russian Dez Morod figures. The Gel Stain is applied and ready for wiping. You might have guessed this is a messy process to say the least.
This piece was used in the restoration of the woodwork around the pipe organ salvaged from a church built in the mid 1800s.
The dark piece is the original that I worked from
This is a recent commission for Lost Art Press. They needed a new handmade wooden sign for their tradeshows. The sample was used to make sure that they liked the design and I am just starting on the full size sign. It is approximately 36″ high. It is loosely based on British Pub signs from the 1700’s. Most were painted but this one will be carved.
The top will have a pin for a removable finial. As part of this job I will also carve a traditional carved pineapple, a beer mug and martini for starters. They will swap out the finials based on their mood.