One year ago this month I started taking a wood carving class. We carve in the "Northwest Native Style". I enjoy it although I am pretty slow at it because the perfectionist in me is so afraid of making a mistake. So I do not carve at all outside of class.
I finished my first project. A relief carving of an eagle (stained and painted as well).
Then I had to think about my second project. I loved the signs up at our city hall and I asked my instructor if he knew who had carved this great sign:
It might be hard to tell in this photo but the orca's tale flips up a little bit. This piece took me 4 months to shape, carve and paint. But it was worth it because I entered it in the Northwest Wood Carvers Association show that was held last weekend and look!
It was nice that I won because it made me double down on the piece I am working on now. I am not in love with it so I haven't been working that diligently on it. Now I want to hurry and get it finished so I can work on my next piece.
It is great to be creating again.