The featured artist for today is Craig Hone. Yes, he is related, Al and Craig are cousins, art runs in the family. Craig is an exceptional artist. The door that he is pictured with here, started as a 8″ thick piece of walnut. He then carved pine boughs, oak leaves, and squirrels in a deep relief.
Craig has been teaching wood carving for about 10 years. Relief carving, and gun stock are primarily what he teaches. The fine and tiny detail on the gunstocks is amazing. Craig shares his vast knowledge of art and design in his classes too. He is an accomplished sculptor, and portrait artist. Craig recently completed a pair of barn owls, that he had cast in bronze. The owls began as a wood sculpture that a client had commissioned. He carved other animals for the clients home, and the owls were the finishing touch. They turned out so fantastic, he made clay models, then had them cast. From start to finish the owls took three years to complete. Craig examines every piece from every possible angle, looking at design elements, flow, and realism. It’s this attention to detail, that makes Craigs work so exceptional. [nggallery id=16]