My latest creation is a combination of a monkey and a rabbit. It’s carved from pear and bass wood, painted with acrylics, and finished with gold leaf. I’ve been collecting dozens and dozens of masks in Pinterest and this mask is definitely been influenced by them.
I won’t claim this as an original piece. My son-in-law gave me a carved zebra mask that was painted with very muted grays and light brown designs and said I could do whatever I wanted to it. It was pretty drab. I sanded it down to bear wood and carved some intricate designs into the face and then repainted the whole thing.It was fun.
You may remember this face from a long time ago. I started with a piece of African purple heart wood. Well I reworked this face many times until I finally liked it. The design on the face, which was chiseled by hand, was influenced by tribal markings from Nepal and Aboriginal tribal markings from Australia. The hood was craved from pear wood and then stained with acrylic paint. The face is the real color of the wood. African purple heart is one of the hardest woods I’ve ever worked with.
Today my friends from California Hardwood Products, here in Auburn, delivered a large block of wood I asked them to create for me. There were 42 basswood planks I asked them to glue together. The finished size is 22 inches deep by 36 inches wide by 5 feet high. They said this is the first time that they put a log back together. They think I’m a little crazy.
The block weighs over 700 pounds and actually will be much stronger than a log and will hold together well. Can’t wait to start carving. First I must come up with a concept.