Creativity with Wood – Yard Art?

Wood Carving Tools

Wood Carving Tools

My husband, Butch, decided to try his hand at wood carving. When we visited Thailand earlier this year Butch bought a set of wood carving tools, so I had an idea that some day I would get to see some sort of creation made with wood.  I had no idea what my husband was intending to carve. We saw beautifully carved furniture and sculptures in Thailand.  You can read my article about Thailand wood carvings here. I was expecting Butch would start with something small.

The Log

The Log

The other day my husband came home with a cedar log and stood it up in the garage. It was about 5 feet tall. Wow! Butch jumped into wood carving in a big way! I did not know what the final product was going to be.  I figured it was going to be some sort of sculpture. I thought you might enjoy seeing the stages of his wood creation.

Coming Together

Coming Together

I periodically went out into the garage and watched Butch work. I took pictures so I could share on this blog. I did not record all the different steps in the process. I also do not know what to call this creation.

Is is a totem pole? Is it yard art?  What do you think?  What would you call his work of art?  Totem poles have such an interesting history dating back to the 18th century according to Wikipedia.  If you want to read more about totem poles click here.

I was amazed to see the progress on the carving as a giant bird appeared. The feathers, eyes, and beak began to form.  The bird developed personality.  I enjoyed sneaking into the garage to see what was new when Butch wasn’t looking.

Watching creativity at work is just plain fun!

The Finished Product

The Finished Product

Texture is an important element used in this carving. Butch also used color as a way to emphasize certain features of the bird.  The large bird now resides in a nicely wooded area of Butch’s daughter’s front yard.  I hope it will be there for many years to come.

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11 Responses to Creativity with Wood – Yard Art?

  1. Nell Mask says:

    Butch’s wood carving is awesome.I’m sure it looks great in his daughter’s front yard. Good luck to him . Hope he continues woodworking. He surely appears to have a real talent there.

  2. Heather L. says:

    Very nice work!

  3. Wes Morgan says:

    Hey Butch — way to go!!! It looks really great!

  4. Wes Morgan says:

    Hi Terry — thanks for sharing!

  5. Lara says:

    Butch did such a great job. His “yard art” is beautiful. He should get bored more often. It really helps his creativity. 🙂

  6. BurlWoodElf says:

    Great work on the totem!
    What tooling did you use and what did you use to color the totem?
    .-= BurlWoodElf´s last blog ..Frog and his Pad looking for a new home! =-.

  7. Butch used chisels and a mallet for carving. He used acrylic exterior paint for the color. Butch and I looked at your carvings. They are very nice!

  8. MrBarns says:

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

  9. Alan Hatch says:

    Anything to do with yard art, I get all excited. I own a website and have basically struggled on how to go about writing blogs. I love thee idea of just being you your personality and your professionalism showed throughout this entire piece great blog thanks so much

  10. Nikko Gutierrez says:

    Hello reaaly nice first work I have been carving for a few years my specialty being Crosses that i design myself or copy . i would love to know if there is a site that you know of that sells the same set of carving tools you have purchased in Thailand.

    thank you

  11. Nikko, I have never run across those types of wood carving tools since going to Thailand. I will check with my husband and see if he knows anything. If I find out any information I will let you know. Thanks.

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