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Hi! Coop & Katrina here. Coop’s a wood carver and Katrina does wood burnings on some of his symbols. We live out in the piney woods when we aren’t traveling across the country to Renaissance Faires, Celtic festivals, and art shows.

From Coop:
Long ago I realized that carving is a form of meditation. I am burning these images into my consciousness 16 hours a day.



As an act of self defense, I made a decision to limit my carving to symbols evoking light, love, peace, exhilaration, freedom, liberty, ecstasy, and the creator of the universe. I spend my life focusing on positive symbols and meeting people that are attracted to them. It just gets better all the time.



THE TECHNIQUE



CARVING: They begin as 1 inch by 12 inch boards. I u…

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  • Joined November 30, 2009

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Hi! Coop & Katrina here. Coop’s a wood carver and Katrina does wood burnings on some of his symbols. We live out in the piney woods when we aren’t traveling across the country to Renaissance Faires, Celtic festivals, and art shows.

From Coop:
Long ago I realized that carving is a form of meditation. I am burning these images into my consciousness 16 hours a day.



As an act of self defense, I made a decision to limit my carving to symbols evoking light, love, peace, exhilaration, freedom, liberty, ecstasy, and the creator of the universe. I spend my life focusing on positive symbols and meeting people that are attracted to them. It just gets better all the time.



THE TECHNIQUE



CARVING: They begin as 1 inch by 12 inch boards. I use no templates but draw each piece with compass and ruler, and/or free-hand. I cut the 2 dimensional blanks with scroll and jig saws, and carve them with rotary shaft tools, and disc grinders.



SANDING: The 80 grit sanding is the final phase of the carving process as it removes the nicks and gouges from the carving tools, and finishes the shaping of the weave. The 120 grit further eliminates and smoothes out any scratches or dings. Finally, the piece is sanded with 220 grit. With each consecutive sanding, the grain of the wood becomes more and more visible. The 220 phase is when each grain line becomes sharply visible and distinct and the carving is fully ready to accept the oil finish.



OILING: My blend of linseed oil, tung oil, and carnauba wax seals the piece, brings out the grain and the color. The oil is a natural finish, so the wood will dry out during periods of low humidity. I recommend rehydrating the wood with the product known as Orange Glo, although any quality wood oil will work. If you prefer a more matte finish, oil only occasionally, if you prefer your wood carving glossy, you can oil more frequently.



THE WOOD: The beauty of Western Red Cedar is the varying color of the wood. Some pieces are dark, some light, and some vary from one tone to another within the same piece. The true color is never known until that final step of Oiling.

The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, I will pull the darkest board I have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be.

Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so my carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.



SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.



And this is Katrina...
I was blessed in 2006 to lose my job, have a friend that brought me to the wonderful Maryland Renaissance Faire, where Coop's friend brought me into his world. As our friendship, love and lives deepen together, he is encouraging me to develop as an artist. So his wonderful pieces that have wood burning on them are my attempts at creations of light, love, peace, exhilaration, freedom, liberty, ecstasy, and the creator of the universe. Namaste.

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