Saturday, October 12, 2013

Soul Music

A few months back I did a carving of the Worship Leader at the church I attend, it was called "Worship Only". Well a wife of one of the band members really like it, so she asked me to do one of her husband too. I was happy to do so, partly because he is a perfect person to caricature, he dresses a certain way, is quite expressive when he plays, and he's just a neat guy.

Coming up with a theme for the piece was easy, when he plays he puts his whole body into it, so I have him leaning back, with big cheeks, playing for all he's worth. The saxophone he is playing is one of his favorites, a Cannonball Tenor in pewter finish, really a nice looking sax, not your basic brass one like you normally see. As for the name, Psalm 108:1 says "I will sing and make music with all my soul", so I call this piece "Soul Music".

They both loved how it turned out, hope you do too. As usual, there are more pictures in the "My Carving Photo Album" tab. Thanks for looking.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

How May I Serve You?

Here a piece I did recently for a customer to give to their boss as a retirement gift. He is a lawyer as a vocation but on his own time is involved as a volunteer at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Fredrick Meijer Gardens, as well as being a great chef. The customer gave me freedom to do what I wanted with one stipulation, he is know for his great smile, and I think I nailed it. 

There are more pictures in the album, thanks for looking, comments are always welcome.