Terry was commissioned to carve this pair as a Christmas gift. They were a first and he so enjoyed carving them, especially the painting. He switched to oil paints after taking a class at Krausman's Woodcarving Studio in Michigan this last August and really likes painting with oils. At the moment the Hummingbird's are gracing our living room until they fly home two days before Christmas.
The finished Loon is a half size representation. The unfinished Loon is a three quarter sized one. Terry wants to put a baby on its back with the head turned to look at it. It's for my sister who has wanted him to carve her a Loon for some time, she's a little skeptical she'll ever see one sitting at her house. Terry is determined to prove her wrong :):):) He plans on getting started with it next time home, but knows with summer coming it won't get finished til next winter. As Carving season winds down summer projects and fishing will prevail. Until then enjoy!
Terry decided to carve a Snow Bunting for a raffle at work that's to raise money for a fellow worker who's off for several months because of medical reasons. They are a common bird on the slope and are the first to arrive in the Spring. He was crunched for time and finished it rather quickly so needless to say it's not quite the way he wanted it. I think it looks fine and is a cute little bird.
We get to enjoy this nice piece til the end of April when it'll fly away to its new home. It's to be a surprise birthday present and has to wait til then to leave. Terry really enjoyed working on the Loon. He learned some new things and is frustrated with wanting to know better techniques, tis the reason he's going to a class this summer. I think he did a good job on it, but in typical Terry fashion he's quick to point out all that's wrong with it, oh well! :)
Terry is really excited about a carving class he'll be going to in August. He'll be gone 10 days for an intensive class where he'll be carving an owl. He's hoping to improve his carving and painting skills, to unlearn bad habits and form new ones. The instructor is a world class carver so he'll be coming home all pumped up to start carving I'm sure. It's a major sacrifice for him to go in August as that's his favorite time of year for fishing Silvers. We recently won a Travel Voucher from Hyundai and plan on using it to travel to the Ward World Carving Championship in Baltimore Maryland Spring of 2014. He will be able to take classes and attend seminars, I hope to explore historical sights in the area. I'll post pictures of all the fun stuff and new carvings I'm sure he's going to be inspired to create.
It's been almost a year since posting on the blog, for a variety of reasons, but that doesn't mean Terry hasn't been busy carving. He's been commissioned to carve this Loon as a birthday gift. It's his first Loon so he's put a lot of time into, because as usual he wants to get it just right. He got the idea for the habitat from a carving magazine, it represents rippling water, I think it will really set it off once the Loon is painted. I will post pictures of the finished project.
Terry was commissioned to carve the Puffin as a Christmas Present for a guy's wife. She loves Puffins we're told. I didn't get the chance to take its "formal" portrait; Terry quickly snapped pictures of it before he headed north to deliver it. This is his 4th Puffin and each one gets more better :)
Welcome to Quack Shack Carvings! I, Rhonda,started this blog for Terry so that interested family and friends could see what he's working on and completed. He will be doing the carving I'll be blogging, computers are not Terry's thing.
Terry was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. His Dad worked on the Alaska Railroad so as a kid he was able to explore Alaska via the rail. His second favorite past-time is Fall Fishing for Silver Salmon on the Kenai River. We live on a lake; where we feed and enjoy watching the wildfowl. In 2006 he took a few duck carving classes and discovered a new passion. It has resulted in the pieces displayed here.
Terry's work schedule gives him the time he wants and needs to spend time carving. That's why in 2009 we spent the time and money to build a studio to work in. Pictures of it are posted in the blog.
Terry would like it if you became a follower of his carvings. Also click on any of the pictures to get a larger detailed version of the carving. Please leave comments as we would appreciate your feedback.