Saturday, January 20, 2018

Carving videos

     I finally finished the caricature penguin video series on YouTube. They are under the title "Carving a Caricature Penguin". There are a total of 16 videos, including layout, pattern, safety, carving and painting. If you watch them and have some feedback, I am willing to listen. 

Here are the urls for them:

Lesson 1      
Lesson 2      
Lesson 3      
Lesson 4      
Lesson 5      
Lesson 6      
Lesson 7      
Lesson 8      
Lesson 9      
Lesson 10    
Lesson 11    
Lesson 12    
Lesson 13    
Lesson 14    
Lesson 15    
Lesson 16    

     A huge shoutout to YouTube for allowing folks like me to post content and hopefully reach an audience. I am not looking to make money by posting instructional videos. I am hoping to give back to the carving community at large. I have a great time teaching, and if I get the chance I will teach almost anytime and almost anywhere to almost everyone. I love it.

      Also a big heartfelt appreciation for the members of the Idaho Woodcarvers Guild, who have taught me and nurtured me along my carving journey. I could not have done this without the guidance and advice of fellow friends and carvers like David Sharp, Cleve Taylor, Gene Fuller, Norm Sullivan, Steve Moreno, Jane Eubanks, Monte Dick, and too many others to mention. 

     So, on to the next big project and video series.

Friday, December 29, 2017

End of the Year carvings

     As we come to the end of the 2017 year, I look back and can truly say it has been a good year. Enjoying the new house, getting a new position at the high school, teaching carving classes, taking a few trips with my wife (Spokane, Washington; Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; Kennewick, Washington) and having some great family times; all of these have combined to give us a good year. We look forward to 2018 and another great year. Now if only we could win the lottery and retire in style. We are both ready to retire, but just can't yet. Soon, we hope.

     Anyway, here are a few carvings I have finished lately. Some were for classes at Woodcraft, some were for customers, and others were for giveaways. I hope you enjoy these pictures.

     These penguins were for a class, and for sale. They were a lot of fun. The one on the right is one I am doing for a carving video series on YouTube. Just look for my channel (Eric Owens Carving).

     This penguin was for my daughter. She really enjoys penguins, so I ordered a penguin roughout from Moore's Roughouts ( It was really nice wood to carve and enjoyable to finish.

This viking was from an old roughout I was given. I was told it is a Dave Stetson roughout, but I can find no example of that on Dave's site or on any Google or Pinterest search. If anyone has any more information on a roughout like this, feel free to let me know. I like to give credit where it is due, so I would love to have the chance to promote their product.

Thanks for looking.

Lesson 3

Here is the link for Lesson 3 on Carving a Caricature Penguin:

I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Caricature penguin carving pattern

Here is the pattern for my penguin caricature carving. I carved it from a block of wood that was 2 inches wide x 2 inches deep x 5 inches tall. Feel free to size it to any size you want. If you carve it send me a picture. Also be kind enough to give me credit for my creation and for sharing it.

Thanks! Enjoy!

Carving a Caricature Penguin Lesson 2

Here is Lesson #2.

Carving a Caricature Penguin Lesson 2

Who knew this video making thing was going to be enjoyable? Hopefully some of you enjoy it as well. Anyway, hope you come along for the ride. Here is installment number 2 for carving a penguin:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

First video

After getting a new GoPro from my wife for Christmas, I now have no excuse for not getting some videos done. So, I completed my first introductory carving video and uploaded it today. I hope you enjoy it.

Anyway, I want to do some more, as I continue on this carving journey. I hope to continue to teach to new audiences along the way. At least until someone tells me they can't stand to see my mug, or listen to my voice, or they just don't find it interesting. Let's hope it hits a spot and others come along for the ride.

Have a great carving year!