Turtles

In keeping with my leaning to marine creatures that breath air there is also the turtle. So I whittled some turtles from wood. This differs from carving wood in that I use a pocket knife, not chisels.

Turtles are a ubiquitous sea creature found in tropical and subtropical waters. Perhaps it is their journey from the sandy nests on beaches as small, cute creatures. So my first effort was to mimic one of these hatchlings.

So far I have used smaller scraps of timber to create my small fish. Oddly, I have found them to be rather more involved than they seem Turtle hatchling from timber from local park. Approx 5cm long.

small turtle whittled from timber

Below is a leatherback turtle – made from paperbark wood. Beeswax finish.

greeback turtle carving

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NZ waterfall

The Milford Sound road on New Zealand’s South Island provides many opportunities to access some incredible locations and scenes by following established tracks.

One is this fine area of rushing water and rocks on the track to Lake Marion.

Despite the lack of rainfall in recent weeks there was still a lot of water roaring over the rocks at a volume that made almost shouting needed to hold a conversation.

By purchasing and printing this image you can provide scene of movement and energy to many parts of your home or office.

 

Falls on the way to lake Marion

This print suits printing at 8×12 inch format E.g. also 16×24) and also looks great at a 18×32 inch semi-panorama crop.

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Galley of Items (SOLD)

This is a small selection of items sold. Many, many sell at markets and are never photographed

Hand crafted using just a small tomahawk and special spoon carving knives, these attractive serving spoons are unique one-of-a-kind items.

Finished with a light coat of food grade linseed oil, these spoons would make a great addition to any home.

Buy for yourself or as a totally unique Christmas gift, wedding or birthday gift idea.

 

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A pod of whales

UPDATED JAN 2017

I suppose collectively the images here represent a pod of whales.

My whittling is done using a pocket knife, and sandpaper. I sometimes use a round file on tails where there is risk of the wood breaking. In desperate situations, such as the first whale on this page, I had to resort to using a tomahawk to remove some of the excess timber, such was the hardness of the wood, but these measures are a rarity.

I like the lines of the Sperm Whale, plus unlike many other whales, they do not have long flippers so this suits the smaller wood pieces to which I have easy access – including old branches from trees in parks.

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The whale above was made for my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday. Sperm Whale from hardwood. 30+ hours work. 17cm long. I like the grain pattern and the opportunistically placed knot for the eye. Made use of a natural borer hole and sandstone pebble from local park to mount it.
Small sperm whale This was a quicky little sperm whale. Only 5cm long. Again a fortunate knot allows him to see. From a bit of stick from the park…

Sperm whale from willow Sperm Whale from willow found in park. 13cm long. A much easier whittling task. Permanently mounted on the stone.

sperm whales from Cyprus pine

Two sperm whales, Cyprus pine and willow wood. About 13cm long.

Blue whale carving

My take on a baby blue whale carved from Willow wood. Pectoral fins are a bit small. Just resting on wood for photographic purposes.

Smiling blue whale carving

A smiling blue whale – interpretive piece. Carved from Olive wood. Took 30 hours.

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Sunflower

Not your typical view of the sunflower, but still likely to brighten your day.

Photographed on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the seed heard was part of a larger roadside crop still being grown despite the downturn in oilseed prices and other summer crops with promise of better returns.

photo of sunflower up close

Image is available for sale as a digital download ready to print without large watermark. Some cropping may be needed depending on the image proportions you require.

Price is for non-commercial use only.

This is a a mock-up for framed photo suggestion. I can arrange framing for Australian and USA customers. Please contact me POA

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Platypus – whittling the egg-laying marsupial

The Platypus, Australia’s famous egg-laying marsupial had presented a wood whittling challenge for me.

I had tried once before to whittle a platypus and it ended up looking like a wooden blob. Much scouring of the internet for a more graceful pose has resulted in this rendition, made for my daughter’s 21st birthday gift.

The wood is willow, from a tree on the family property that had died before her birth, but the wood kept for special projects such as this.

The item measures 23.5cm long whittled platypus from willow

School of fish

Fish are a recent topic for my whittling so here is a school of fish.

So far I have used smaller scraps of timber to whittle my small fish. Oddly, I have found them to be rather more involved than they seem, with access around the fins (acting as ‘legs’) requiring careful blade work with the pocketknife . The initial idea came from a rather off trout-like fish made of rubber, that was attached to a hair band that I found on the roadside one day.

Like with other whittling, I favour easy to work timber, though at times this can cause problems due to a lack of strength of the wood.

 

whittled small fish from wood This little fish is only 8cm long. Whittled from Pinus Radiata, the most common type of pine used in building frames and just about every other softwood use including even in ‘country style’ furniture. Mounting on the stone provided a useful way to display this in a meaningful way.

whittled fish on rock Woolly Pine from southern Queensland transformed into a hungry fish.

whittles carved fish in wood The final in this style of fish…timber is willow

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Golden leaves

Fallen golden leaves form a fascinating pattern. The Ginkgo biloba tree is often found in parks as was this tree where the leaves had dropped at the beginning of winter creating a golden carpet on the ground.

With its vibrant colour this image is suited to many locations in the home. See also an indicative framing – you can frame yourself or organise for us to do it.

The image has been tweaked slightly to give a slightly graphic edge.

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Golden leaves

 

Image with only a small discreet watermark is for sale for private use only.

Commercial enquires welcome.

Customers in Australia and the USA – I can arrange professionally printed canvas and framed prints. POA

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Indicative framed

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Grevillea- a showman flower

The Grevillea is  flowering shrub that is common to many areas of Australia. Flowers vary in colour from a creamy white to a deep red and shades in between.

A favourite of native birds who drink the nectar as well as those who know that the flower can be tapped against the hand to dislodge the sugary fluid.

The example here indicates how the image could look framed. The download photo for print is the flower image only, without white border or wording and without large watermark.

White border and wording can be added at additional cost.

This print would look great on walls where colour and vibrance is needed.

grevillea digital print

Sample potential framed look

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Feather close up

The beauty of birds is undeniable. Call, shapes and colours provide a rich tapestry in our cities and countryside.

But to get up close with a feather can reveal many intricacies.

Here is a feather of an unknown species that provide a wonderful mix of colour and form. Almost architectural in design and engineered to perfection.

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Specialist printing and framing is available for Australian and USA customers. Commercial use available. Please email me mattATplusone.com.au (replace AT with @)