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I have a several new pieces I just finished, a buffalo, a wolf, a Santa and a stylized Gorilla. My buffalo is featured on the cover of the current issue of 'Wood Carving Illustrated'. The article walks you through carving the buffalo.
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Welcome to the Jim Willis website!!
The slide show below shows diffferent views of the buffalo in the 'Wood Carving Illustrated' article. The other slide show shows diffterent views of my stylized Gorilla. The buffalo roughout is $38. The wolf roughout is not available yet, but it will be soon so check back for pricing. It will also be available in stylized form in butternut as well. The Santa is not available in roughout form presently.
Buffalo have always been one of my favorite animals to carve. I used this pattern years ago on a larger piece, which is shown on the Gallery page, called "Resaon to Run". I decided to do a smaller version so that I could use it for a class piece. It is carved in jelutong and painted with acrylic washes.
The Gorilla is a personal piece. I carved it out of catalpa from a tree which grew in the front yard of the home where I grew up. It is finished with many coats of Danish oil and one light coat of Deft satin lacquer
The 2012 Walter Grether Award
at the Dayton Artistry in Wood Show