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Andrew V

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About Andrew V

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  • Birthday 03/21/1968

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    http://stuckinthemudsite.wordpress.com/

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    near Cardiff, UK
  1. fascinating, I do enjoy watching automata, thank you for sharing
  2. dragon spoon

    Yes, I called it 'keeper of the pearl', I was thinking pearls of wisdom was a good theme for a teacher
  3. Jumping salmon

    Ooh that's a nice one, the animation in the body and face I really hard to achieve. Excellent!
  4. Mermaid - bone

    People/figure carving is the hardest of all the carving disciplines. Working at that scale magnifies the level of difficulty. Like Jim said there is good work in this piece but my recommendation would be to get a cube of really hard timber, like hornbeam, or hawthorn, and spend some time carving faces into the edges of the block. You can work up a dozen practice faces in even a small cube . If you check out my blog posts on figurehead carving there might be some tips you can use, you need to go to December 2015 https://stuckinthemudsite.wordpress.com/page/5/ although there is a part 2 and 3 later on.
  5. Love knot?

    Sometimes its hard to know what to say, looks pretty cool though.
  6. dragon spoon

    I was very pleased with this one, it is a gift for my daughter's teacher who is also head of art. The head from eye to snout is less than 15mm long and has a free moving ball carved inside it. The length of the spoon is about 13"
  7. They Way We Are, Go And Have Been?

    I found a paperback book on woodcarving when I was about 11; may have been a boy scout manual, things like totem poles and cross bows, heavy on pictures, light on text. Thought it looked like fun, never stopped, the book was lost in a house move shortly after I got it, wish I still had a copy.
  8. lovespoon

    Hi everyone, here's one I just finished. Sorry the photo's awful but I finished late and had to grab a snap outside the post-office. Symbols are ship's wheel, water-lily, foliage, heart/lock/horseshoe, twist-stem, on the back the tendrils form a never-ending knot. Wood is a recycled mahogany or sapele
  9. Love Spoon In Plum

    small world, I'm in Llanbradach.
  10. A New Skull And Two Scrimshaw

    Love the scrimshaw. What did you colour it with?
  11. Staining Antler

    Hi Everyone, thank you for all your advice, it has been much appreciated. This is what I ended up producing, I think perhaps I should have gone for a black ink, and may re-do things at a later date. I used a heavily cut acrylic ink for the branches and leaf detail, ebony inserts for the eyes, and yashabushi for the owl. A clear wax was applied and then heated gently to finish. Any constructive criticism would be gratefully recieved, Andrew
  12. Quotes That Shaped Or Inspired Your Work

    a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Laozi) just keep swimming (Dory from Finding Nemo) and it came to pass, it didn't come to stay - (Mark Lowry), no matter what you're going through, it will pass, good or bad,enjoy it, it will pass My Gosh I sound miserable! I'm not, really, no, I'm not, but to learn, to acquire skill and knowledge, you have to start where-ever you are and keep trying, each time you try you get a little better, but enjoy the process, not the results. Andrew
  13. Hi All, I have only recently joined this forum but have to say I am very much enjoying the opportunity to learn about a new element within a much wider craft - my main area for carving is in the medium and large world (lovespoons to figure-heads) but this forum represents an amazing space to learn so much about carving, it would be a tragedy if it were to vanish. Andrew
  14. Staining Antler

    Ooops, sorry, spelling error on Pinterest, should be yashabushi - found lots of info on TCP
  15. Staining Antler

    I have been searching the Net for stains, etc, and (of course) love the work of Natasha Popova who uses something called Yshabushi. I'm baffled; what is Yshabushi - a brush, maybe, or a stain/ink of some sort? Andrew
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