Saturday, October 30, 2010
I am pleased to have completed the 7 feet of Indiana Limestone relief carvings. Looking forward to seeing it installed by a stone mason over a hearth in a cottage down the road. I enjoyed carving the 5000 year old Irish symbols and 3000 year old Peterborough Petroglyphs also known as The Teaching Rocks carved by the Algonkian people long ago. The Irish symbols have to do with the solstice, equinox sun, and such while the Algonkian symbols were birds, a shaman, snake, turtle and spirit boat (which I changed a little so it was a family canoe representing the family I carved this for).
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I'm about to embark on an exciting project for above a fireplace. The 7 foot long Indiana Limestone piece will be carved with ancient Irish and Peterborough Petroglyphs for a cottage down the road. I have completed the sketch for it and taken some photos of the sketch and limestone before I get busy transferring the sketches and carving away! It's hard to capture the whole 7 feet in one photo. I am approaching this project with the utmost respect for the original stone carvers and their spirituality. I have paid my respects at the rock carvings at both Newgrange, Ireland, and the Peterborough Petroglyphs in Canada and used my photographs as inspiration for the combined sketch for the Irish family who have commissioned me. I'll keep you posted with photos of the process and the finished project!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Today was a fun day having a table with my daughters in Dwight for a fundraiser for highschool students raising money to go to Kenya to help build a school. My daughters had made some beaded necklaces and bracelets to sell and I had some sculpture, amulets and ornaments. I think we spent as much as we made but there was lots of good stuff there and it was for a good cause. I didn't have my camera to take pictures, but some of my recently made necklaces that I brought are pictured above.