Category Archives: finding wood

Putting the Wood in the Driver’s Seat

One of the things I enjoy most about greenwood carving is the challenge of making the most out of the wood that becomes available.  The individual characteristics of the log or branch drive the design, while I navigate among the … Continue reading

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True Hope is Swift

True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings. Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.           — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, Scene ii I knew I had to carve that first line … Continue reading

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Bent Bowl

I’m the guy that orders vanilla ice cream at Baskin Robbins, so you can imagine how wild I felt carving this asymmetrical bowl.  The silver maple log flared out wider at one end and also had a slight twist.  Going with … Continue reading

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It Took a Crook

An oak crook, more specifically, was the origin of this rooster-inspired bowl that I’ve just finished.  The flow of the grain is evident in the top photo in the line between the light sapwood and the darker heartwood.  I first … Continue reading

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There’s No Blemish

In nature there’s no blemish but the mind, None can be called deformed but the unkind. — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, scene iv As I was cutting and collecting this storm-fallen silver maple, I noticed in the end-grain … Continue reading

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Boxwood Blunder

This is the closest I’ve come to working in clay.  Over the winter, I was asked to design and carve a pottery chop, a.k.a. pottery stamp, featuring the ABS initials of the ceramic artist.  I had even been supplied with … Continue reading

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Making Things from Trees

  Not long ago, this book arrived in the mail, an unexpected and thoughtful gift from a friend.  In it, Robert Penn writes of his experience of felling one ash tree in Herefordshire and having as many things made from … Continue reading

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