History Of Wood Carving

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Well what I do is I call it a folk art. The roots of it may be, in Africa because I have so African blood running through my DNA, but I was first introduced in the Boy Scouts, making necative flies, the turtles, the Indian heads. But, I got influenced into making faces and figures in about nineteen sixty-eight and so we kept it as a hobby in the summertime and of course we worked two jobs and had three children. So now since ninety seven, since I have retired and been in Arizona I am a wood carver and call myself an artist and I don’t make a living out of it but I sure do have a lot of fun and is a great way to serve and to be inspired and to be creative. So, that is pretty much the history of it. A brother named Joe Savage, inspired me and he since passed on, he became an Ancestor since the eighties and he was able to show may be about four or five, six other people in the Philadelphia area. I have seen this type of art other places. I have heard that it is done in parts of the south, the African Americans. I have also heard that it is done along the Islands above Washington, on these chain of Island going right up to Alaska as a group of Native Americans that take the branches and do silly faces, more than just the trodden poles.

Wood Carving Tips : How To Stain Wood Carving?

So this is nice and smooth all over and what it needs is a little bit of baby oil on the wood, soak it up so the color can go right in there. A little bit of baby oil and little brushes and that is really what (brushing piece with baby oil) Point of the brush, actually helps spread it a little bit better into the grain which you can pour it right straight on the wood and that is set up real nice. So, at this point we will just go with a little brown shoe polish from the dollar store and in here you want to put a little bit of oil in there also. Somebody was telling me about rusty nails and vinegar as a stain. Well I am still experimenting with that one. My mentor used the show polish and I find it very nice for absorbing in the grain. Now, I got a couple of pieces inside I am painting a few of them blue, yellow and orange; I am talking about my wood carvings so the eyes are yellow, for the mouth blue and everything else green or something like that. Which is , I don’t want to get stuck in a rut, I like a little color so I am doing a little experiment with some of the pieces now with some paint.

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