on what wood carving is all about.
It has been around as long as recorded history. It’s one of the oldest forms of
creation that man has done.
Perhaps prehistorical man, made a crude ax
then he probably next came a knife.
With this knife he was able to satisfy his creative
The art of carving something out of wood, has a very long history.
It’s been said Jesus was a woodcarver, along with many famous people.
Abraham Lincoln, was a whittler as well as Will Rogers,
Calvin Coolidge were also whittlers.
Probably the most famous of all is Grinling Gibbons.
As a young man, Gibbons carved over a doorway a pot of flowers,
which was so delicate it shook when a carriage passed by on the street outside.
When America was settled, woodcarving was competing with machine production of products.
Now we have plastic replicas of just about everything. For the past one or two hundred years
woodcarving has survived principally in flat carving and furniture decoration.
The art is so old, and has been around for so long that it is generally
accepted more of an artisan’s work instead of an artist.
is a craftsman, one who works with his head, and hands is an artisan.
But the one who works with his hands, head, and heart is an artist.
You have to see the carving in the wood before you start to carve it.
If you do not you are just going to make a pile of shavings.
Remember what you are working on has lived from twenty to over a thousand years.
Try always to make you’re carving worthy of the wood.
Then if it does’t turn out at least you have the satisfaction of trying.
I’ve spent many hours on a carving, only to realize It was not going to work out, so it became firewood.
has taken on a whole new level. We now have many great carvers that are
making realistic ducks, birds, and animals out of wood.
Some works is hard to tell from the real things