Friday, February 25, 2011

The Sorcerer is Finished!!!

Well, he's finally finished.  Yippee!!!  I have to admit, I really had fun with this one.  Sometimes putting a carving into a scene can get pretty time consuming, but I found that I enjoyed every minute of it.  This is a pretty big piece standing 16-1/2" tall.  I needed it big in order to get the details that I wanted to include.  I think it turned out better than I expected.  Here's a couple of pictures:

I think it's the details that make this piece special.  I know it's kind of hard to read the labels on the bottles and the titles of the books, so here they are:
  • Book Titles:
    • Classical Wand Waving
    • Ancient Runes
    • House Train Your Familiar
    • Bats, Bugs, & You
    • Conjuring 101
  • Bottle Labels:
    • Troll Livers
    • Puree of Toad
    • Bat Guano
    • Liquid Gold
    • Dragon's Blood
I know they are all kind of silly, but I think they add to the charm of the piece. 

Anyway, there are many more photos on the Picture Gallery page, so stop in and take a look.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Finished the Carving

Sorry that it's been a while since I last posted.  I've been busy with other projects and haven't had much time to carve or post any deep thoughts of great wisdom.  Anyway, here are some pictures of the Sorcerer in his naked state before I paint him.  I put him in a little scene that I think really brings out the whole look that I was going for.

I'm trying to come up with some fun titles for all of his books and labels to put on all of his bottles of spell components.  I would love to hear any fun ideas that you may have.  I still have a few more add-ons that I will make out of metal to finish off the scene: a rope belt, some bat's wings, maybe some rose petals, . . .

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  There are a few more pic on the Carving Bench page.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Making Progress

These last couple of weeks have been very busy and I haven't had a whole lot of time to carve.  Sometimes like just works that way. 

Tip from the Stump:  it's a good thing to carve a little bit each day, even if it's only for a few minutes.  You will be surprised at the amount of carving you will be able to get done even if you don't have the time to sit down and carve for hours.

Anyhow, I have made a little progress on my Sorcerer project, getting the bottom of the robes detailed, hands carved, and the arms roughed out and attached to the body.  Here's a look at where he stands at the present:

I hope to find some time this week to finish with this figure.  I plan to put him into a small scene with potions and spell casting stuff scattered around.  He should turn out pretty neat if things go the way I have envisioned.  I'll keep you posted on my progress and you can always follow along on the Carving Bench page with me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Updated Knife Gallery

You may have noticed that I have updated my Knife Gallery page here on The Old Stump Blog.  I have added custom drop down selection menus for "Blade Shape", "Blade Length", and "Handle Style" as well as Paypall or Credit Card Payment options to make custom ordering your top-quality carving knives much easier than before.  No more sending inquiry emails, no more waiting for me to respond, no more me waiting to receive your payment in the mail before shipping.  This should make things much simpler for both you and for me.

I have also added a link to a Knife Selection Guide that I have made available to help you select the right knife for you.  It outlines the benefits of each knife blade shape and makes recommendations for the best style for you.

Remember a measly $30.00 gives you a top-quality, razor sharp out of the box, carving knife for you to enjoy for years to come.  Each knife comes with a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your new custom-made knife.  I also try to manufacture my custom knives within a few days of a sale, so you don't have to wait long to give your new knife a try.  Just click the "Knife Gallery" tab at the top of this page, or click this link below to go there:

The Knife Gallery

I also want you to know that I use what I sell!  I have put away all of the commercially available knives that I have purchased through the years, for much more than $30.00 I might add, and use my own custom knives for all my knife work.  They just work better for me.  Custom knives from a Carver for Carvers.

So, show your support for The Old Stump, and purchase your custom knife today.  If not, that's okay too, just show your support by continuing to visit here to see what I've been up to.  Thanks everyone for visiting, and safe carving.