Reliquary Project: The Heart

Tuesday was the sculpture covering day. What does that mean? That refers to utilizing hog gut to cover a wire structure. Hog/pig gut is amazing to work with. It can be stretched over a form to create a semi transparent covering when dried.  Color can be applied using inks or  watercolors. The intestines are packedContinue reading “Reliquary Project: The Heart”

Reliquary Project: Handle

Since the form has been simple, the handle should probably also fall into that category. I did play around with driftwood branches, rocks and carved walnut, but simple straight lines prevail. More sanding and addition of a slight bevel to the base will most likely happen today. Plus gluing of handle parts. In the photosContinue reading “Reliquary Project: Handle”

Reliquary Project: Router and battery door

Wednesday I tried a fairly new tool. We’ve had a router for years and I’ve buzzed a few bull noses before, but never cut out an interior space. The router probably would have saved loads of time instead of using the coping saw. It’s all a learning process. Pulled out the router book and checkedContinue reading “Reliquary Project: Router and battery door”

Reliquary Project: Gluing

Glue! That’s where we’re at today. Plus some cuts to create the base. Here we go: Started the day by gluing the 4 walls together. Sorry, no boring photos of that! I’m sure you can imagine it. Not certain at this point how to work the lid into place. Moved on to the base. TookContinue reading “Reliquary Project: Gluing”

Reliquary Project: Cuts and Sanding

Back on Friday I cut out the side panel windows. Telephone books are handy for drilling surfaces! This was as far as I went before heading to Eugene. Ready for sanding. Positive progress was made today. Spent the entire day  sanding down the window spaces. The downstairs is now covered with a fine dusting ofContinue reading “Reliquary Project: Cuts and Sanding”

Reliquary Project: The real process begins

I dropped Dave off at PDX Wednesday morning (stinking early!) and spent that day recouping from lack of sleep. On Thursday morning, I was ready to get started for real.  By the end of this project 2 boxes will be created, one for sale at The Arts Center in Corvallis & the other for myContinue reading “Reliquary Project: The real process begins”

Reliquary Project: The Test

Starting disclaimer: I am not a woodworker! Anything I do in wood is a bit crude so be patient! The end product will look pretty good. Tool supply is limited too. Rather than jumping into this project with Black Walnut, I created a test using poplar. It was ok for a test, certainly not forContinue reading “Reliquary Project: The Test”

An Evening with Carl & Alexandra Day

It’s not often one gets an opportunity to meet and spend a couple of hours with a famous author. Thanks to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, artist and illustrator Alexandra Day flew in from Seattle for a brief visit. She is best known for the childrens series based on adventures of a baby and “Carl”Continue reading “An Evening with Carl & Alexandra Day”

OUR Fest!

The first annual Our Fest was a hit! The group met a Hacienda Possada for a beautiful day under the sun (+90 deg). Shannon taught the first class on gourd art. She grows an enormous patch yearly and had quite an assortment of different sizes and shapes. We learned cleaning, carving, coloring & wood-burning techniques.Continue reading “OUR Fest!”