I am a member of the Great Lakes Woodcarving Association. Here I am winning The Frank Klein Woodcarving Award. The plaque stays with the club, but my named was inscribed on it.
I have a number of locust stumps to carve. Locust trees were used for years by farmers as fence posts because of their natural resistance to rotting. I call this Northern Territory. If you look closely you can see a great northern pike carved on the bottom of one section. There is also river otter sliding down, a salmon swimming upstream and a bear with a fish in its mouth.
This is my Alaskan River Scene mantle piece. It is carved from solid walnut. There is a bear in the river catching a fish. A little farther upstrean there is a salmon moving up the river and a fly fisherman trying to catch his dinner. Finally I have a moose crossing the river. On the far side of the river there are trees that lead up to the mountains.
My favorite type of carving is stylistic carving. In this type of carving I don't try and do a 100% accurate to life carving, but use artistic license to carve something the way I see it. These first three carvings are animals, the eagle is carved out of basswood. The falcon and the horse are both carved out of red willow. This is a great wood to carve.
I enjoy carving mountain men and Native Americans. The first is "Old Griz" and it is carved out of spalted holly. Beneath that is "Bearclaw" which is a basswood mask. A mask is carved in the front only and the back is usually flat, it is not carved in the round.
This is "Colter" and it is carved in the round out of red willow. The base is tiger maple. The second carving is "Deakins" and its carved out of butternut.
Another type of carving is called relief carving. In this type of carving the carver takes a flat board and carves in a scene. By using layers to show perspective, you get a sense of depth where little depth really exists. This is an oval carving of a boat with a lighthouse on the rocks. There are also two carved walking sticks next to the lighthouse carving.
This is a carving of Mystic Seaport.
I live near Lake Erie, so in the spring there is a lot of driftwood along the lake. I try to collect what I can that can be carved. One type of driftwood that I find is cottonwood bark. This is a lot of fun to carve. Here are some of my bark carvings.
When I pick up driftwood, I try and find pieces that are unique. This is a stylized spalted fish out of driftwood with a driftwood base. The second driftwood fish is a stylized crappie, also with a driftwood base.
I also make Native American Flutes, but unlike other makers of these flutes, I carve the heads of them and the fetishes. This is a snake flute made out of mahogany. The head is carved into a sidewinder rattlesnake and the fetish is a rattlesnake carved from Brazilian tulipwood.
This is a cedar bear flute. The front of the flute is carved into a bear with a fish in its mouth. The fetish is a sockeye salmon that I carved out of bubinga.
I made this fish flute out of sugar pine. The head is carved as a bass. Along the top there is an insert of zebrawood that has a small canoe and a leaping fish carved in it. The fetish is a great northern pike carved out of zebrawood.
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