One of the few carvings Richard did. It's mahogany. Nice, huh?
Everyone is not leaning... :) The camera didn't want to do a wide shot. These I carved in the 90's. I loved to carve folk figures. I carved all of these from redwood...but not a one time.
Isn't that baby sweet? I loved doing this piece. I even carved the floor boards, then grain painted them. The quilt is painted canvas. Everything else I carved out of redwood.
I carved wood for over 30 years. Started out carving hardwood. Mahogany, bass, tupelo, even carved ebony once. When I tried white cedar it almost killed me. Cedar dust is toxic. The dust is what gets you. Then I tried Redwood and fell in love. It's expensive but it worked for me. Tried the Tupelo also, but it gets too hard real fast. You can only carve the bottom 4 to 5 ft. of the Tupelo tree. From there up is hard wood.
Mahogany was my favorite to use to carve large Egrets, herons, and shorebirds. I carved so many shorebirds and loved each and every one of 'em. That's when I decided I needed a bigger tool. I'm cheap so Richard talked me into spending my money. tee hee... I bought a Foredom. 1/10 hp. Where the Dremel spins fast, carves fast on small stuff. The Foredom has the motor power to bare down and move lots of wood. Bare down too much and the cable breaks. haha! So only I used my tools, because I'd be the person to pay for new ones. LOL
My shoulder finally decided I had to give up the heavy stuff. Now I sculpt in air dry clay. It is good stuff. When I miss my power tools I remind myself that I can sculpt all day without my shoulder complaining. I think I'm in love again.