I know that it's been quite awhile since I've posted a new carving, last winter I was very busy filling orders for people and then I had a long summer without any requests coming in, so nothing to post. After the busy pace I was ready for a rest, but not for long, I enjoy carving too much to sit idle for long.
So early fall I started thinking about a carving I wanted to do as a gift for my pastor, who also happens to be a good friend of mine. After doing so many commission jobs I wanted to do one that I wanted to do. When coming up with a design for a piece I look at a subjects hobbies, quirks, or professions, usually something stands out, and in this case it was obvious, he loves to preach the Word of God.
As you look at the piece the pose may not be real different but it has some hidden meanings in it. For the first time I used a piece of rock as part of the base, so that he is standing on "The Rock", not with one leg in motion like I normally do, but with both feet flat, not moving. He is holding his Bible in one hand and the other hand is gesturing as if to say, "Do you understand this, isn't it wonderful?" I think it turned out pretty good, and he liked it too.
This was a fun one to do, hope you like it too. As usual there are more pictures in the Photo Album, (let me know if you can't get in there).