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Apr

Amazing Discoveries – On the Internet

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Among the various tools in the carver’s tool grab bag, one tool that aids in research, inspiration and motivation is the Internet.  Sometimes a carver will stumble across an interesting site and other times a fellow carver will share their discoveries of sites to visit.  Such is the case with this page that will be added to from time to time whenever an Amazing Discovery is made.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE Woodcarving and whittling may be habit forming and could prevent you from engaging in household chores and other unpleasant tasks.  Carving is enjoyable and you may be prone to sharing it with others; thus causing them to experience the same distractions from less pleasant tasks as you may experience yourself.” (written by Michael Keller)

Michael KellerMICHAEL KELLERMichael Keller may be visited at:  http://www.whiteeaglestudios.com/ which is his newly constructed and revised web site. Michael has created a “Woodcarving Web Log” commonly called a “blog” that may be visited at: www.WhiteEagleStudios.WordPress.com

Carveful/Carvefully Defined. As found in the Keller Carving Dictionary – First Edition

Carveful adj 1. Full of or expressing deep positive feeling about carving (profoundly emotional in a positive way); 2. Feeling, causing, or indicating joy through carving; 3. Being in good spirits while carving; 4. Cautious in the application of carving;  5.  Thorough and painstaking in  the execution of carving;   .  – Carvefully adj. – Carvefulness n.

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WOODCARVING WEB LOG = a blog dedicated to woodcarving The definitions below describe what a “blog” is and when it is applied to the several woodcarving  blogs that are instructional, informative and inspirational one comes to understand how beneficial a woodcarving blog can be to the woodcarving world.  The carver who created the woodcarving blog is giving the gift of the carver’s personality, creativity, self discoveries  and how-to instructions as well as an ongoing snapshot in that carver’s journey of creativity.

“An online journal, short for ‘web log’. Entries are published in reverse chronological order.”

“A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles.”

“Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.”

“Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.”

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Exploring the Internet causes one to discover some amazing sites to add to the wood-carver’s library of helpful information.  Let’s say you want to learn about sharpening, or how to carve eyes, or the history of caricature carving or find resources to aid in the carving process or perhaps become aware of additional woodcarving related web sites. Here are a few sites to explore, look all around at each site, click on links and even purchase a tool or a book if you so desire.  Each site is worth searching for discoveries.

http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/forum/f64/tutorial-larger-eyes-21783/

http://artofdon.com/How_to_projects.htm

www.wilkersonwoodcarving.com

www.texaswoodcarvers.com

www.woodcarvers.com

www.littleshavers.com

www.carvingpatterns.com

www.carverscompanion.com

http://www.stumartin.com/stu_martin_eye_article.pdf

http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/eyes.html

Wood Carving Illustrated Message Board Tutoral Resource List

http://woodcarvingblog.wordpress.com/

http://flyingchips.blogspot.com/

http://www.reasonstobelieve.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=wood

http://anthonyfiletti.blogspot.com/

http://www.chipchats.org/ National Wood Carvers Association

http://vimeo.com/34448827 The Makers -The Carver (video)

http://carvingsbysean.blogspot.com/  Sean Reynolds – a Carving Friend

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In the Southern Highlands of Appalachia in the Asheville, NC area Wade and Wayne Martin are household names of regional woodcarvers who made a lasting legacy of “Mountaineer Wood Carving.” Many of their carvings are in a permanent collection at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, which one can view by going to the following site on the Internet:  http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/realia/martin/default_martin.htm and there one will find a brief descriptive history of the Martin family and photographs of several carvings.  The three pictured here are only a sample of  yet another “Amazing Discovery.”

WAYNE MARTIN MOUNTAIN BANDWADE MARTIN WHITTLERWAYNE MARTIN - THE BATH

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SANTA WITH TREEPATTY PAINTING CYPRESS KNEE SANTAADAIR CARVING

Adair andPatty Rucker of Lockhart, Texas specialize in Carved Santas but also teach sculpture in clay, wood-burning, carving and painting.  A visit to their web site will excite the Santa admirer in all of us.  www.christmascarvingsetc.com

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SAND CASTLES ON CANON BEACH, OREGON 2008 offers unique studies in sculpture that can be adapted to wood carving.  As it is often said, “Art is in the eye of the beholder,” so it is that art comes in all kinds of mediums and in this case it is sand.  Take a journey along the beach by visiting the following site and be amazed.

http://woodbeecarver.com/sand_sculptures/phpshow.php

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MILLAnother Amazing Discovery can be found at http://foundwoodcarvings.blogspot.comwhich is the creation of Millard Harrell of Emporia, Kansas.  He has a tutorial on his style of Santa carving as well are many other Amazing Discoveries.  Explore his blogspot and web site for something quite Amazing.

Thanks to Millard, here is another Amazing Discovery  http://www.holzschnitzerei.info/home_en.html so, enjoy the Journey.

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The late John L. Heatwole was affectionately called “The Wizard of Wood” who made a lifetime of giving his creative gifts through carving, story telling and bringing history to life.  His son David has established a Woodcarving web log as a tribute to his memory and may be be visited at: http://johnheatwole.wordpress.com/ It is John’s method of painting carvings that I have adapted in what I call “Painting Softly” as described in the December 10, 2007 posting.

JOHN HEATWOLE’S CARVINGSJOHN HEATWOLEJOHN HEATWOLE

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SEAN GRADY has a very creative site to visit showing his carvings in found wood from drift wood, bark and dead trees.  He lives and carves in Alaska but a visit to his site

http://carvingsbygrady.blogspot.com/ will bring his creativity into your amazement.  Here are a few photographs of his unique and creative art.

SEAN GRADYSEAN GRADYSEAN GRADY

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DALE KIRKPATRICK CARVED SPOOLDALE KIRKPATRICK CARVED SPOOLDALE KIRKPATRICK CARVED SPOOLDALE KIRKPATRICT

Dale Kirkpatrick is a very accomplished carver who shows photographs of his various carving projects at this site:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/carverdale/ .  The wooden spools are just a sample of what he does so take a look at all his albums.  Visit Dale’s new blog at http://carverdalecreations.com/ for more of Dale’s Creations.

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A FRED ZAVADIL CARVINGA FRED ZAVADIL CARVINGA FRED ZAVADIL CARVING

A visit to the web site of Fred Zavadil  http://www.fredzavadilwoodcarving.com/ will compel one to visit often to view some of the most exquisite art through sculpture and carving that is truly  an AMAZING DISCOVERY.

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LINDA MASTERSLINDA MASTERSLINDA MASTERS Linda Masters is a master at carving in miniature scale.  To see more of her AMAZING carvings visit http://www.miraclechickenurns.com/index.html .

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LUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPPLUNDY CUPP

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LUNDY CUPP  of Kingston Springs, Tennessee is quite an accomplished sculptor whose versatility in carving subjects is a delight to behold.  Make a visit to his web site to see your yourself.  http://www.lundycupp.com/index.html

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GARY A CROSBY (BING)GARY A CROSBY (BING)GARY A CROSBY (BING)GARY A CROSBY (BING)GARY A CROSBY (BING)GARY A CROSBY (BING) Gary A. Crosby (Bing) is a career soldier in the Canadian Forces in the Combat Engineer Branch.  He is also a wood carver who excels in his art and gives his knowledge of carving through his Internet site at: http://www.darkwood-woodcarving.com/ A visit to his site will give more information about his military and humanitarian service as well as carving instruction and information.  He is about to imbark on his third tour of duty to Afghanistan.  On his first tour he carved the Canadian Totem Pole in the first photograph.

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NORTHWEST WOOD CARVING CLUB THE NORTHWEST WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION  has a cool web site at;  http://www.woodcarvers.org/index.htm They also provide a great service to the Woodcarving family in listing several woodcarving clubs and events in the United States and Canada.  The link for a journey through the internet to various carving interests can begin at: http://www.woodcarvers.org/eventsandclubs.htm Enjoy the journey.

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Caril Chasens http://www.chasens.ca/ shows off his unique style of wood sculpture along with tutorials and links to other interesting places to discover.  A sample of his creative imagination can be studied in the following photographs as an invitation to visit him on the interenet.  Caril  who lives in British Columbia, Canada carries his own water from the creek and uses a generator whenever he wants to use his computer.  Creativity knows no barriers or inconveniences but does have to have a voice.  The voice of Caril speaks with the experience of creativity that can not be silenced.

CARIL CHASENSCARIL CHASENSCARIL CHASENS

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CARVING BY NANCY TUTTLE“Some things are as plain as the nose at the end of your face,” and at other times things are as plain as the fly on the nose at the end of your face.  Such is the whimsical and serendipitous creativity  in the Original Woodcarvings by Nancy Tuttle – http://nancytuttle.com/.  Discovering her web site is like a breath of inspiration whispering a breeze of creative art, both in sculpture and two dimensional drawings.  Woodcarving is what draws us into her magical world as is portrayed in the following photographs.

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ORIGINAL WOODCARVINGS BY N. TUTTLENANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVINGNANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVINGNANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVING

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NANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVINGNANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVINGNANCY TUTTLE WOODCARVING

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In her own words, Nancy says about her woodcarvings: This is an ORIGINAL and One-Of-A-Kind carving made from driftwood naturally smoothed by the sand and sea of the Pacific Northwest coast. I collect driftwood during and after the winter storms then carve it using rotary grinding tools (similar to a dentist drill) and small knives. I mix a stain from oil paints to give each carving a rustic patina then finish with a polyurethane spray. After twenty-four years of woodcarving I still get a kick out of creating these little guys and gals”

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