Giraffe Step Stool

One Arm One Step StoolThe giraffe step stool is made of oak lumber and a branch from a maple tree in my yard. I stored the branch in my basement for approximately two years to insure the wood was dry. I manually scraped the bark off and sanded the underlying wood to a silky smoothness. The step support is connected to the branch using a through mortise and tenon joint.

Once the branch and the support were set and square adding the step and legs was easy. The completed piece is finished with Linseed Oil and Polyurethane.

Ian Norbury : Carve By Numbers

ian norbury carve by numbers

This weekend I attended Ian Norbury’s Carve by Numbers class at American Woodcarving School in Wayne NJ, the first stop of Ian’s 2013 tour. Ian and his wife Betty are a delight. Ian is a gifted teacher and observing his carving expertise is a pleasure. His talent is obvious and Ian shares his knowledge unprotected and with cheerful enthusiasm.

It is a surreal retreat to set aside three full days to carve beside a legend. It’s not often I have the time or the energy to focus on nonstop carving. At the end of the weekend I nearly completed my Female Head and returned home inspired and driven to carve more. Both Ian and Betty are warm, welcome and a lot of fun. I hope our paths will cross again someday.

A time-lapse video of me carving this piece is available on my site.