Monday, May 11, 2015

Photoshop elements

O boy, have I been slack, it has been 12 months since my last post.
Two or three carvings started but still on the bench, one commission piece finished which I was very pleased with.
The piece was in relief of tree leaves, flowers and birds in a chinese flavour.It is a replacement panel in a antic chinese bed. Red Cedar  55 cm x 32 cm. Very hard to take a detailed photo still in the raw state. It is off now to have the finished colours applied. Will  manage a nice photo when finished.

My slow carving has been due to a little ill health, holidays and arthritis creeping into the fingers.

I have spent some time playing with Photoshop elements and enjoying it very much. Takes some time to wrap my head around the system.
Here are two different effects applied to the same photo, A shot of the local jetty here where I live.
One is coloured sketch and the other a 3D jigsaw effect.


Regards Terry

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lady in relief


In May, I attended a Don Powel workshop hosted by the Bribie Island Arts centre.

If anyone has the opportunity to attend a carving workshop, grab it with both hands. The experience is worth it weight in gold.

It was a relief carving workshop and I chose a female head.
My piece is in Jelutong,  230mm x 190mm x 50mm thick.
Finished with four coats of Danish oil and a smear of Traditional wax.

I enjoyed this piece, carved over two days, and am very happy with the result.



Wednesday, May 1, 2013





This is my second Greenman in this style.

I like the nice flowing lines , and it is a satisfying piece to carve.

Juletong is the timber used, a very bland looking wood but so, so easy to carve. The piece is 250 mm x 230 mm x 50 mm deep. Finished with 5 coats of  Minwax "wipe on poly"



Friday, November 9, 2012


Just finished a new carving  so opened  the blog to record its history.
If I do not take photos and record details, I even forget what timber it is let alone other
The Court Jester, my take on a Ian Norbury piece.This is Mr. Norbury's first carving
in his new downloadable instruction lessons. I downloaded the first 5 lessons of a total of 15 lessons in the series.About AU$ 1.60 per lesson. Well worth it for any new carvers out there.

Anyway, my jester is in Queensland Maple, 240 mm high,140 mm wide and 110 mm deep.
It is finished with Minwax wipe on poly, 5 coats, and a little wax to finish off.

Hope you like him



Friday, August 31, 2012


                                                     JOHN HOWARD

This is my version of John Howard, Australian Prime Minister 1996 to 2007.

The carving is jelutong, 180 mm high, and finished with wipe on poly

Friday, June 15, 2012


Here is the next in the series.
Paul Keating,Prime Minister of Australia
1991- 1996

Whits Beech  approx 180 mm high. Finished  with Danish oil,and sealed with shellac and wax.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


To continue the series of Prime Ministers, it is John Gorton's turn this time.
Mr Gorton was Prime Minister in the period of 1968 to 1971.

White Beech,190 mm, finished with danish oil and sealed with shellac and wax.
I hope you enjoy.

Regards Terry