Monday, December 27, 2010

Ready for Takeoff

It looks like old Pegasus has his colors now and is clear for takeoff.  I experimented a little with my painting technique, wanting to make it look like he was a white horse going grey. 

Tip from the Stump:  have some fun experimenting with your carving or painting technique from time to time.  If you do, you just might be rewarded with some great results.

I'm quite pleased with the results, and that toothy grin on his face should put a smile on anyone's lips.  I hope you like him.  There are many more pictures on the Picture Gallery page, so stop in and take a look.

I had some time over the weekend to carve the head for my first tutorial.  I just have to write the captions for each photo explaining the carving process and I should have it posted sometime this week, so check back soon.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ready For Some Paint

I finally finished carving my Pegasus.  HURRAY!!!  I think he turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself.  I especially like how the wings turned out. He should look really good once I get some paint on him and have him mounted to a finebase.  More pics on The Carving Bench page.

I hope to get this guy finished up this weekend so I can get started on my tutorial.  There is still time to weigh in on what the subject should be, so drop me an email or leave a comment.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Successful Surgery!!!

Well, Pegasus' head has been successfully attached to his body.  I had a hard time keeping the head tight to the body during the glue up stage, and I was left with a thin open crack.  With a little help from some wood filler, the crack is gone and the surgery was a success.  Once I put a little paint on him, you won't even see the scar.

Tip from the Stump:  if something goes wrong on a carving, chances are there is a way to fix it.  Do some research, ask a friend, or send me an email.  I would be happy to give you some ideas to try.

His wings are roughed out and ready for some detail.  I plan on spending some time tonight getting them ready to be attached as well.  After that, it's on to the tail and then a really nifty base.

I hope to get him all finished up by this weekend.  There are a few more pics on The Carving Bench page.

I haven't received much feedback about me hosting a tutorial, so if you are interested, leave me a comment or drop me an email.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tutorial Anyone???

First of all I need to beg your forgiveness for not having posted for some time.  My body has been ravaged by the influenza virus for the past two weeks and I haven't felt much like carving.

Tip from the Stump:  get a flu shot!!! It's worth the prick and the price.

I'm always thinking ahead to my next project and since the Pegasus should be finished in the next couple of weeks - that is if I can stay healthy - I thought it might be fun to try doing a tutorial.  I love carving in every way, but I find the most joy and satisfaction in carving faces.  Capturing a facial expression is challenging, but truly rewarding.  So, I thought that we could start small and do a bust for my first tutorial, that is if there is enough interest from all of you to do so.

I would love to have some input from you on what you would most like to see for this project.  I thought that I would take suggestions from you, my faithful readers, as to what the subject of our little adventure together should be.  Leave me a comment or drop me an email at and let me know what you would be most interested in doing.  If I get enough response, I'll pick a subject from those submitted and we'll go through a step-by-step tutorial and complete a really neat piece together.