Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Look WHO is new in the shop!

Before I get to the new stuff in the shop, I have to tell you - it snowed on Christmas day here!  I don't think that this has ever happened!  While we were without power for most of the day (which means no water for us since we are hooked up to a well), it was such a beautiful day!


So...back to the WHO is new in the shop.  Let's look at the photos!

 It all starts with a sketch.

Design transferred.

Carving begins.

All carved out.

Ready for the ink!

And he's ready!

From sketch to carving to stamp!

 And there he is in the shop - the Great Horned Owl Notebook!


In addition to this fine little guy, I also carved one of the most interesting North American mammals I have ever seen - the pronghorn.  We lived outside of Amarillo during college and we saw pronghorn quite often.  Most of the time, the herds were off in the distance, grazing among the tall high plains grasses.  But on more than one occasion, we witnessed the amazing sight of watching the herd sprint across the plains.  Wow!  What a sight!  

The sketch. 
I have to add that, as a biology major, I took mammology. One of the things that drove my professor nuts was to call the pronghorn an antelope.  Many people (and nature shows) refer to the pronghorn as the "pronghorn antelope".  While it is related to antelope, pronghorn are a separate species.  
See Dr. Sullivan - I was listening!  :)

Look at this gorgeous guy! Who couldn't love him?

I must admit - I love this carving!


And here's one more for you, one that I am really excited about - the fox!  Take a look at this handsome fellow!

The sketch.  Look at that distinguished face!

The carving!  What a beauty!

From sketch, to carving to stamp to a color test!

And in the shop - both plain and in color!


  1. Very cool designs! I just ordered and received a journal with butterfly design for the bird feeder notes my kixs and I take. While the butterfly is sweet, I am sure my kids wouls want me to get the owl!! Maybe for the next one!

  2. Great designs! I have a fondness for foxes and they are one of my main totem animals, so I was naturally drawn to your fox notebook. I really love the pronghorn stamp as well. Do you do custom orders for stamps by any chance??

  3. I am so happy that you like the butterfly journal Zak! I love that you and your kids are using it to record notes about the activity around your bird feeder!

    Thank you for the compliments Acorn Cabinet! Right now, I don't offer custom orders for stamps, though it may be something I can do in the future. :)

  4. Hey! I LOVE your work!
    Love your writing, too. I laughed at how you describe your loving dogs. My friend says my cat is as smart as a box of hammers. Well, who knows, maybe that's how they zen out because they can't carve rubber! Beautiful bold carvings! Love them!
    thank you! christina

  5. Thank you so much Christina! I really appreciate the kind words! And that's too funny about your cat. I think our dogs and your cat would probably get along quite well. :)