What a great surprise to open Monday's local newspaper to the Lifestyles section and see an article about Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor. Jennifer lives in the same burg that I work in. Although I've never personally met her, we know of each other and have talked through our blogs. I've seen Jennifer's work in the Gallery mentioned in the article and can vouch for how wonderful it is.
This article was such good timing. On my way to work on Monday I stopped at the local flower wagon and grabbed a few pumpkins to try my hand at carving in this method. I had only ever previously carved the traditional way. I figured I'd put our company logo on one so I could play at work. I even brought along my miniature wood carving chisels but found they were just all wrong for this type of work. I googled carving techniques because my first one wasn't going well, printed the instructions out, heated my lunch and opened the paper. Lo and Behold, there was a how-to article courtesy of Jennifer! She suggests using linoleum block carving tools and while I know I have a set around here somewhere, it's been ages since I've seen them...So I brought along to work my vintage exacto knife set that comes with some of the same type of tools for extracting material like a clay loop tool. Hey, I'm a make-do sort of person : - )
I should finish it tomorrow and will try to post a pic. It's not nearly as easy as I thought. But hopefully as Jennifer says - once lit, they're all pretty.