Ssshhhhh!

Ssshhhhh!

This was another log with quite a small diameter, so on this occasion I thought I’d carve someone equally small ~ a pixie baby, to be precise. I gave him little wings (they’ll grow, don’t worry), and made sure he was cosy, curled up on an oak leaf. Tread carefully around Bluebell Wood, don’t wake […]

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More Fairy Fun

This log was similar to the one used for the “Perching Gnome”, so I considered a similar 3 dimensional piece ~ until I tried moving it: it was heavy. Really heavy. This ruled out moving it every few minutes to carve “in the round”, so I worked on some sketches of a fairy which would […]

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A Unicorn and Fairy Friend

Next at Sewerby Hall were a couple of large logs very near the fence surrounding Bluebell Wood ~ one was earmarked for another fairy, conscious as I was about equal numbers of male and female woodland folk, whilst the other had been specially requested: every day whilst I was carving there would be hoards of […]

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Not a Self Portrait

Some of the logs for the Fairyland-themed Bluebell Wood at Sewerby Hall presented quite a challenge: unusual shapes are one thing, and sometimes suggest a design with their quirky lumps and bumps ~ but a good number of these had a small diameter and were very straight. I was pleased with the idea of the […]

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Dragon’s Den

There had to be a dragon somewhere in Sewerby Hall’s Bluebell Wood ~ you couldn’t have a fairyland theme without one (or a unicorn, but we’ll come to that on another post!), and this log looked ideal for a friendly one, peacefully sleeping amongst the trees.

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Another Fairy Spotted at Sewerby Hall

The third log in the wooded area had a bit more size to it, so I was able to use the shape a little more to come up with a design ~ this time I decided on a fairy, looking beautiful with her patterned butterfly wings.

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Fairy Fun at Sewerby Hall

It felt like the time to start this job was never going to arrive ~ what with the pandemic, weather and so on, it was put back a few times; now I’m back it feels as though I’ve never been away. Sewerby Hall almost feels like a second home after the past few years here […]

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Mires Beck Open Day

I spent an enjoyable day at Mires Beck Nursery, the usual venue for my carving courses, demonstrating and attempting to drum up interest for future courses. Unfortunately a combination of grizzly weather and a general Covid-induced nervousness meant that the event was much quieter than in the past, and where before I’d encouraged visitors to […]

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A Saint and a Cat

I squeezed a couple of smaller jobs in before a short break away in Dumfries and Galloway, knowing that upon my return I was back at Sewerby Hall creating some carvings for a fairy-themed area. One of these smaller jobs was a house sign featuring Saint Chad, Bishop of the Mercians at some point in […]

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‘Tis Good To Be At Burton

In a previous post (“I Moved the Hand That Carved My Face” – Allen Stichler – Wood Carving) I explained how myself and Peter (well, mainly Peter) at the sawmill had come up with a different way of creating these log benches, with the large cuts made with his bandsaw rather than a chainsaw, making […]

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