My name is Alistair Park and I'm a professional carver who is based in Bristol, England. Wood carving has been a passion of mine for over twenty one years and I also enjoy teaching these skills to people of all ages.
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Saturday, 30 January 2016
Carving and painting a sign in Greek
This one was a first for me: creating an oak sign with the wording in Greek (not a language that I'm familiar with). It will be hung on a house in Greece and so I waited for the recipients to okay the lettering before starting work. In case you are wondering, the sign says 'House of Flowers'.
The edges of the sign were deliberately left with tool marks to seem more rustic and the white lettering will stand out even if the oak starts to age and 'silver' on exposure to the weather. I really enjoyed painting the hibiscus flower. It's nice to lay down the carving tools and pick up a paintbrush now and again.