Monday, February 22, 2010

Dachshund bathtime

Subtitle of this post - "Shake, baby, shake!" I laugh everytime I watch this!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What's with all this white stuff????

Have you heard about all the snow we've been getting in Columbus, Ohio? Well, it's been pretty interesting around here during February.

Come to think of it, the snow didn't really get started until after Ground Hog's Day when Mr. Rodent saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Over the past two weeks we've had two big storms that dumped about 10 inches each time. The snow was so bad that campus closed Feb 16, 2010. That so rarely happens, but, when it does it generally means that we've been dumped upon - literally!

Orton Hall from across the oval.

Another view of Orton Hall.

University Hall.

The front approach to the Thompson library. The statue is of William Oxley Thompson - the fifth president of the university.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rose experiment

Rose experiment, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

I bought a focusing rail system and gave it a tryout today. I used my Canon EF 100 mm f2.8 lens. The light source was a window, which gave the flower a beautiful soft lighting.

Here's a black & white version, processed in Silver Efex Pro.

Rose experiment in black  & white

Friday, February 12, 2010

Nearly finished - close enough for a video

One, maybe two coats of oil left to apply, but I'm calling this one done for now. I started it in November, finished it today. Countless hours of nerve-wracking work. What a challenge!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Yet another video on carving this project

This video clip should have the title of my last post. Here I am demonstrating the meticulous detail work that goes into finishing one of my sculptures after the carving is all done.

The devil is in the details

Wood Sculpture II, originally uploaded by SWolfeNI8W.

I finished carving, but now there are countless hours ahead for detail work. I use small files and diamond rasps together with a variety of sanding methods to clean up the tool marks and smooth the surface. It seems rather tedious, but I find this work to be somewhat relaxing. I'm so focused that I lose track of time. For example, this evening I spent more than 5 hours at my carving bench without a break and I was surprised when Steve came down to the shop to say goodnight.