Monday, May 14, 2018

YouTube video and Woodcarving Illustrated article patterns

     I have completed a set of YouTube videos focusing on caricature carving and beginner projects. Below is the pattern for my caricature letter opener with a face on the top. Below that is the pattern for my sitting caricature penguin. I hope you have fun carving these interesting projects. I will have more coming soon.

     Below are the images of my pattern article in Woodcarving Illustrated, Issue 83, pages 41-43. It was a fun project to carve, and I am pleased that WCI picked it up as a submission. I hope this is just the first of many. You can find the pattern in the summer 2018 issue of WCI. 

     Below are the patterns (right and left) of my relief hiker. Again, I hope you have fun carving these guys (or gals, if you prefer). I sure did!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Trying to get back in to the groove

     Now that 2018 is in full swing, I have realized how fast time can fly when you are not just plowing forward. This is the 3rd year in a row in which I have had a busy and fretful March. It was only 2 years ago that my sister passed away very quickly. We were able to fly back and visit family, but it was an agonizing trip as my father continued to slip away. Between the Alzheimer's, high blood pressure, several heart attacks, and other health issues, we knew his time was coming to an end. 
     Then last year I had major shoulder surgery after a torn rotator cuff needed repair. It is still not back to 100% and may never be, but I am working on it every day. Some days it feels stronger and other days it seems as if it is just stuck and that is as far as its going to progress. I hope not, as I have plans to enjoy my children and grandchildren (whenever they happen to show up). 
     Then this year, my father finally passed. His death, too, was very quick, even though we knew it was coming and had known that for several years. We received the notification on a Saturday, and he passed that Wednesday. Luckily we had the chance to go back and visit, and be there for my father's funeral. As sad as it was, I had a chance to do several things I love doing: catching up with my older brother, who I greatly love; catch up with some cousins who were able to come and visit and be there for us as we laid my father to rest; visit the carving shop at Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers in Townsend, Tennessee (absolutely love that place, and always purchase more than I should); and visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, specifically Cades Cove. That is one of my all-time favorite places for my wife and I to visit.  
     As soon as we returned, our annual Idaho Artistry in Wood Show started on Friday, with set-up and judging, then the public getting a chance to see the entries and displays for our show.
     All told, it was a very busy couple of weeks, but now that it is spring break from school, maybe I can get some rest, come to grips with the loss of my father (now both of my parents are gone, as well as my sister), and get back on track.
     So, a few pictures of some carvings and some of our show.

One of my creations.

A golfer I liked carving.

Another golfer I carved.

A display of some of my past carvings at the show.

Some of the intarsia entries at the show.

Our display table at the show.

Some random entries at the show.

I loved this carving of this bird and its nest, by Susan Villaneuva.

Two of mine, the Civil War soldiers and a viking.

A bird carving by Larry Crist.

     I will be teaching a wood spirit walking stick class in May. If anyone wants to take it contact the Woodcraft store in Boise. I have a list of commissions (and donations) as well as carving for the Sons of Norway show in December. Gotta love it. I enjoy carving and seeing others enjoy purchasing (or receiving) one of my carvings. Makes me smile!
     Adios! Adieu! Arriva Derci! Dosvidanya! Tchuss! See ya!!!

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.