Group Project "Hillbilly Reunion"

This group project is open to members of the Woodcarving Illustrated magazines Message Board. It is a project that will result in a scene(s) composed of wood carvings by members of the Message Board.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


The Hillbilly farm house is complete. At the present Goody and I will arrange a date for me to drive the farm house and the carvings to his place in Maryland. We hope to be able to have Ashby get together with us also, to begin on the background templates for Ron.

I know I promised photos, but the thought occurred to me that it might be better to wait until the whole scene is completed. Any thoughts on this?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hillbilly Reunion Latest Progress

I have made lots of barns to scale. I have always tried for squareness and clean lines. But some how all of that does not seem realistic for our hillbilly farm house. The hillbilly farm house needs to be uneven, leaning in all directions, not square, and generally worn out looking. This type of construction is all new to me. My challenge now is to take the farm house and make it look like its 100 years old, and near total collapse. But still be strong enough to withstand packing and shipping. Photos coming!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Progress Report

Well, it's past the fun stage now. The fun stage was receiving every ones carvings, and fitting them into a scene. We have said that we would place the carvings in and around a farm house with a porch across the front of it. I am now about to begin the farm house. I have a set of drawings that a generally to the correct scale. The house will be composed of three sub assemblies; 1) porch, 2) first floor house, and 3) the second 1/2 story and roof.These sub assemblies will be made so to fit together in a shipping box. The construction will be a kind of post and beam setup. Over this post and beam setup will be 1/4 th inch birch plywood. The plywood sides of the house will be tooled to resemble vertical planks, and stained to a weathered look. The roof will either be a tin standing seam, or shakes.

More later........