Archive for the ‘Workshop’ Category

Finally!  Our heat wave is letting up a bit and Brandon is back to working on a few restoration projects.  He is working on this whip holder…..

Whip Holder

Whip Holder

Whip Holder

Whip Holder

The Fox Whip Holder is missing his foot and he needs to have his finish put back to his original color and get rid of the white washed finish.  The fox is extremely detailed but it is really hard to see the details with the light finish.

Here are a couple pics of the current carved foot….

Fox Whip Holder With New Carved Foot

Fox Whip Holder With New Carved Foot

Fox Whip Holder With New Carved Foot

Fox Whip Holder With New Carved Foot

The foot will have to be attached and the fur carved to match then will be the finish!

He is also working on this bull nutcracker…

Bull Nutcracker

Bull Nutcracker

The Bull Nutcracker needs to have his horns replaced.  This is the bull with a clay mock up of his horns….

Bull Nutcracker with Clay Horns

Bull Nutcracker with Clay Horns

Brandon and the owner of the nutcracker had been searching for pre-ban ivory or an artificial ivory to carve the horns.  They have decided on carving the horns out of tagua nuts.  I’ve said it before but each project I learn something new.  I never knew that there are nuts that look like ivory and as hard as ivory!

This is how the nuts looked when we received them…..

Whole Tagua Nut

Whole Tagua Nut

This is the inside of the nut…….

Cross Section of Tagua Nut

Cross Section of Tagua Nut

Check back soon to see the finished restorations!

Sound the trumpets!!!  I believe he is complete.  Once the customer gives the final okay he will be on his final journey home.

With each project comes it’s own unique trials and tribulations.  Each project is a learning experience.  This piece has been no exception.   Brandon is a perfectionist and his number one priority is to make his customers happy and we hope that the customer is very pleased with the results.

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Figural Nutcracker

Many projects have been waiting in the wings.  There are new designs waiting to be completed.  There are so many ideas……so little time.  Having a demanding day job and having a family that likes having you around :-) puts a lot of demands on Brandon’s time.

I do know that it is a priority to make some much needed improvements to the workshop so it is comfortable at any temperature!    When it’s stinkin’ cold outside the workshop  just won’t heat up enough and you cannot carve with numb hands!  Then when it’s too hot (not like that happens too much in Ohio) it’s pretty miserable.  Improvements need to be made.  This too will take time but it needs to be done!

It’s all just more to look forward to ;-)