Never stop carving, and when I'm not carving, I'm thinking about carving! Got it bad!
Am currently carving a sign for a friend, he is opening an Old World style Irish Pub, and ran into trouble getting a sign carved. It is a big sign, to me, 4' x 3', and done in B.C. Red Cedar ........ what a nightmare to carve!!! He wants both sides done and I'm just about finished the first side. Had to design and carve it and paint it when finished. It is taking me a long time to do, cause I work so slow. It is turning out nice though! I am quite pleased with the over all result.
When I'm not working on that, (I have to rest a lot) I'm sitting back whittling away at small figures for my granddaughter.........you remember her from the current issue, painting the baby rat. Well, to get her away from playing with "rats"..... euch ...... I've been trying other figures! Finally have something she enjoys. Tried a family of squirrels ......... so she played with rats and squirrels together. Finally happened on the idea of the characters from one of her favorite stories that I read to her. Peter Rabbit! We now have the complete Peter Rabbit family carved and painted .......... Floppsy, Moppsy, Cottontail and Peter, and Mrs. Rabbit, and also his friend Benjamin Bunny and Benjamin Bunny Senior. They turned out marvelous!!!! She is delighted with them and quite proud of the paint job that she "helped" with. I get her to apply the first coat of wash on all of them! Most are carved in Butternut, one ot two in Basswood, are burned and painted with acrylic, then sprayed with Krylon Satin to seal.
In my "spare time", I have carved a simple cross for a lady, for her husband's grave, and am carving a dragon's head for another lady as a gift for her husband. Lots more to do waiting in the wings.