Melissa's Work

These are some things my younger daughter, Melissa, carved.  Several years ago she was with me at a woodcarving show in Morrisville, Vermont An hour into the show she started dragging me around to the vendors asking me about the different knives and tools.  By afternoon she had bought herself a knife, and a couple small wood project blanks.  So, there we sat for a couple hours, in the middle of the show, me teaching her how to carve.  Melissa was twelve and a half years old at the time.  At the next woodcarving show her "hound dog" won a blue ribbon in the 15-and-under/intermediate class.  After that she insisted on competing at the adult beginner's level.  I apologize for the picture quality below, but I found that all my pictures of her work were group shots, and that's what I worked with.  Better ones are coming.
Melissa loves goldfish.  She carved this when she was 14 with only a little direction from me.  The wood is mahogany.
This a sweetheart tree carved from an Ivan Whillock pattern.  Melissa carved it for her Grandma & Aunt Madeline.  The inscription "I Love You More" is burned inside the heart (inside joke between them, Melissa, and Laura).  The wood is butternut with a satin polyurethane finish.
This was one of two blue ribbon winners at this years MVAWA show.  She designed it from elements in a spoon carving book in my library.  The wood is butternut.