In July, Bill Jones brought in some of his work and talked to us about his love of carving and how he got started. He has been carving for about 8 years and started carving after he retired and needed a hobby. He said you need to have patience & a desire to carve. He also talked about different types of wood for carving: like bass wood is probably the most popular wood to carve & aspen is readily available to us, so it is a popular choice in this area. He said that tupelo is good because it holds its character for feathers & other fine details. He used black willow on the elk carving with the horns made out of bass wood. He bleached the rump area with peroxide before varnishing. (Dale Taylor mentioned that you can still buy wood bleach at Jones Paint & Glass, but it will turn aspen yellow and is better used for bleaching dark woods).Thank you Bill for sharing your time & talents with us!
Bill Jones’ Carvings
Elk: out of black willow & basswood.
Cougar w/cub: out of bass, carved with knives & gouges.
Fremont Indian Woman: separately carved water vase &
woven basket to hold small carved ears of corn.
Cowboy Boots: out of sycamore, red cedar & bass, carved
with power carver
Cowboy Caricature & Santa Claus-classic & old world