For our second sculpture project, we had to produce a "small scale" wood project that illustrated a word of our choice which was somehow connected to Wyoming. I chose wind, and made a wooden feather for it.
The shaft is steamed and laminated strips of pine 2x4, while the veins are strips cut from a much wider and thinner piece of soft pine, glued together to make the curving shape.
The picture can't really do the actual thing justice I think. I swear with the real thing you can see all the lines and shading. I really love how this came out in the end. I love the comics so far and the Luna microseries has by far been my favorite. Second is the second of the main series. I loved how it developed Luna and what she went through as a character with the whole nightmare forces. If you have not read them, I highly suggest you do.
This image comes from Microseries #10 and the original artwork is by whose artwork is absolutely brilliant. I really wish I could be as talented as some of these people. His rendition of Luna has to be one of my favorites.
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A fun little piece for and one to get me back into the swing after the break, this Fennekin was a three wood piece; something I haven't done in a long while. He's mostly yellowheart with a maple lower face and padauk ear and tail tufting. I had fun on him, especially puzzle-cutting the pieces of the face like that. It's something that, judging from the amount of filler I ended up using, I need to do more, but still lots of fun. I took a few liberties with the design and deliberately downplayed the face and inner ear tufts (which are huge) to make sure he could balance on his own with the lifted foreleg. Guys, I had a blast on Fennekin, and I'm really tempted to produce some simple one-wood minis in yellowheart, because I do love me some fennec foxes. And now I'm off to my next adventure, which, at the moment appears to be a Toothless the dragon in ebony; the design of whom I am having a horrible time with. I must have tried and scrapped a dozen as unworkable at this point. If you want, there's a WIP gallery and an expanded gallery with closeups offsite, along with WIPs for current projects, etc.
From the same old oak branch as the Dragons Claw Wand, this one was also shaped with a Dremel rotary tool. It spirals up from the handle like a unicorns horn, and was then wrapped with fine brass wire. The handle is wrapped with leather, and there is a rose quartz crystal in the end of the handle. Lightly stained.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This traditional story from Robert Wyndham's Tales the People Tell in China links the mysterious and wise Ki-Lin with the honored Chinese sage, Confucius. There is the story that the aging philosopher wept when he came upon a Ki-Lin killed by hunters and saw on its horn a ribbon his own mother had tied there.
by Jill JohansenIn ancient times... Ki-Lin, the fabulous unicorn, appeared occasionally before the emperors. They said the creature was as large as a deer but it had hooves like a horse. It had a single horn in the center of its noble head. Its voice was beautiful and as haunting as a monastery bell, and it was so good and gentle that it walked with greatest care, lest it step upon some living creature. The Ki-lin could neither be captured nor injured by any man. And it appeared only to those Emperors who had wisdom and virtue.
When the Middle Kingdom fell into evil, ways and one state warred with another, and kings fought with kings, the Unicorn was seen no more. He was seen by no one until the sixth century B.C.
At that time, there lived a woman in the town of Chufu, in the state of Lu, at the base of the sacred mountain Tai Shan. This woman was good and dutiful and truly exceptional. Her one grief was that she had given her husband no son. To be without a son was a great sorrow. If a family had no son, who would worship before the ancestral tablets? With no one to worship there could be no life after death for ancestors.
This good woman sorrowed and prayed and begged heaven to take pity upon her and give her a son. Yet no son was born to her.
One day, she decided to make a pilgrimage to a distant temple on the sacred Tai Shan. This temple was thought to be especially holy. There, she planned to appeal to the gods one last time. As she trudged up the mountain toward the lonely temple, she unknowingly stepped into the secret footprint of the Ki-lin, the gentle unicorn.
At once, the marvelous creature appeared before her, knelt, and dropped a piece of precious jade at her feet. The woman picked up the jade and found these words carved upon the jewel: "Thy son shall be a ruler without a throne."
When the woman looked up, the Unicorn had vanished. But the jade was still in her hand, and she knew that a miracle had taken place. In time, a son was born to this good woman. He was named Kung Fu Tzu, Confucius. From his earliest days, he showed unusual wisdom, and he became a great teacher. Accompanied by his pupils, he traveled from town to town. All over the land, the people studied and lived by his wise sayings. His influence was as powerful as that of the emperors. Indeed, he ruled without a throne.