Meant to be…

Some things are just meant to be…peanut butter and jelly; meeting my wife at a carving event; or seeing, in person, the carving that first peaked your interest in the art.

This last example occurred with my Sea Captain carving. I designed and carved the Sea Captain for the summer 2017 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated and to use as a class project.

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Carved Gun Racks

Mount Hood Lost Lake Gun Rack - Installed closeupI’m not sure if relief carved gun racks are really a new genre or not, but they are fun to do.  This gun rack currently holds the distinction of being the largest relief scene that I’ve carved to date.   The gentleman that commissioned this piece had some specific requirements, first it had to hold the two guns that he wanted displayed and second that Continue reading “Carved Gun Racks”

Using the Bandsaw to cut out carvings Video

A little while ago I put together a video on how to cut out blanks with the bandsaw to speed up the carving process and increase the accuracy between your design and the finished carving.  Even if using the bandsaw for this propose is nothing new to you, you might pick up a new tip or two, so check it out!

DuraGRIT Cutting Wheel Review

Product Review

Knowing how we’re all tool junkies of DuraGrit wheelsome degree, always on the look out for that magic tool, I figured I’d share my thoughts on the DuraGRIT 1 1/4″ cutting wheel pictured here.  I’d picked it up from one of the carving suppliers for about 20 bucks because I’d recently done a small home improvement project where I could have used a cut off wheel.  I has glad to have it this weekend though as I’m working on the largest relief scene that I’ve ever done and I needed something to do the rough texturing of the trees and foliage.   Continue reading “DuraGRIT Cutting Wheel Review”

To Frame, or Not to Frame?

Always a Question.

Whether you frame your carving or not is a constant question that anyone doing relief carving faces, and like most things in life there isn’t one right answer.  As artists, our goal is always to keep the viewer looking at our carving as long as possible.  The main propose of a frame in relief carving is to help capture and retain the eye of the viewer, since the structural support of the frame is not as important as it would be to a photography or painting.

 Take a look at my carving of the Millhouse at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  If ever a carving needed a frame, this is it.   Continue reading “To Frame, or Not to Frame?”

In Sight of Home

Dylan’s latest relief scene is only 7/8 of an inch thick!Relief carving of a fisherman or seafaring looking through a spyglass. Reflected in the spyglass lenses is a lighthouse

The challenge of conveying the physical real world amount of depth portrayed in this carving ( approx. 3 feet from the end of the spyglass to the back of the shoulder), in a thin piece wood is what originally drew me to this idea when I first came up with it.  However it’s the story that I was able to Continue reading “In Sight of Home”

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If it can be imagined, it can be realized in wood…

Turning a piece of wood into something that brings joy and wonder to others is something that gives me a great sense of enjoyment and accomplishment.  The world is full of inspiration, and ideas come in all shapes and forms…whether it’s something I see, or a conversation with a friend, I try to incorporate it all into my work.

Realism is something that I strive for in my wood carvings, even down to
the smallest detail.  When I carve, I try to tap into the joy of motion and life, while enhancing the natural warmth of wood as a medium.  I work hard to push the limits of relief carving.  I love the challenge of achieving the maximum amount of depth in a thin piece of wood, always trying to let light and air into the deep, dark places.  I constantly strive to learn more about the art of woodcarving, so I can share this art with students and observers, alike.

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