Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hope the holiday season brought you the gifts you were hoping for. (If not, there’s always next year.)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

“Merry Christmas”. Hope the gifts you receive brings you lots of joy. Hope the presents you give put a smile on their faces.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Here are a couple of Santa Clauses carved in cottonwood bark. This bark comes from western Minnesota. I guess the north wood trees and Santa go together.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Not all of Santa’s presents come in boxes. You better watch out, you may get a puppy for Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Here is another version of my ‘Pipe Smoking Santa’. I used my old pattern but decided to show the lags and boots. This is one of my first attempts to carve boots like those shown in the CocaCola Santas.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santas may come in all shapes and sizes, but they also come in all colors. You can see this by visiting vintage Christmas card sites that show Santas of different colors and styles.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

This vintage Santa is featured in one of my wood carving books. It is based on an old vintage Christmas card with umbrella and green coat.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Here’s an interesting ornament that Lynne created. A family of five snowmen decided to have fun by sliding down the hill on their toboggan. I wonder what would happen if they crash. I guess they would end up as a big pile of show.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here is last year’s version of Santa Lucia. See had gone to a good home ready for Santa Lucia Day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Here, Santa had just put his pack down to survey the house in front of him. He is wondering if he will be able to slide down the small chimney to deliver the presents. I’m sure he’ll make it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Continuing my ‘Happy Holidays’ series with Frost the Snowman and his happy grin. His favorite time of the year is ‘Let it Snow’ season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

As bundled up for Christmas shopping. This is an old carving that got re-painted. I think she looks better in Christmas red.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Here is Santa in his night time delivery. The back pack is carved separate and attached. The lantern is attached with a copper wire.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sorry that I had gotten a little behind, Thanksgiving Holiday and all. Speaking of which, another holiday has passed on by in a hurry. Maybe he’s off to do some shopping before the next character will pass on by. Santa Claus is trailing not far behind Mr. Pilgrim.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Here are the flat plane angels that we carved at the Cannon River Wood Carving club at the Whillock wood carving studio on Monday night. This project was easy to carve and gave everyone a chance to use the Scandinavian flat plane wood carving technique. This was a good project to bring on the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Here is a lamp carrying Santa that I taught this last weekend at the Metro Wood Carving weekend in Fridley, Minnesota. This is the first time I’ve taught using a pattern I created using two pieces. The body came in one piece without the hand and lantern. The rest was carved from a smaller piece of wood, and then fasten with a small piece of dowel.

Monday, November 21, 2011

 This is my ‘Holidays Rush on By’ holidays advent carving. Now Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is right behind. The holidays do seem to rush on by.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Well, the Vikings could have used a little more cheer at last night’s Monday Night Football game. The thing I hate is when people say ‘there’s always next year’. Oh, well.

Here is a Native American on bark. This bark was found in western Minnesota. The colors were added from colored shoe polish which gives the carving an interesting texture.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Here are a couple of brothers straight from Norway into the Civil War. Both are flat plane Scandinavian style wood carvings with watered down paint to show the cuts and grain. They were fairly easy to carve. I plan to make other Civil War soldiers in the near future.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Here is another one of my latest Santa carvings. This gentleman is enjoying his pipe with the latest tobacco crop from the North Pole.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! Hope the Trick-or-Treaters don’t scare you too much. Hope your kids don’t eat too much Halloween candy either, that would be really scary.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The weather is started to get a little chilly. Even Santa thinks so. This is the first of my ‘this years’ collection of new Santa carvings I have created. For the fur I just carved groves in the fur and used browns and white to get a decent folk art version of fur. Next time I will use the wood burner to create realistic fur. For now I wanted to get the hang of this carving before spending too much time on it. For now, I guess Santa doesn’t mind.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Harvest is almost done (or in full swing depending on the crop). This is my version of a harvest angel bring in the first hand full of wheat. I carved this in the traditional flat plane carving style for the Scandinavian farmers hear in the mid-west. Soon she will put on the white gown as the Christmas holiday approaches. But in the mean time, it’s harvest time!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Three fairies ready to fly away for the winter. I started with the smallest one to get an idea of how the carving should go. The bigger on did not turn out as I wanted, I had a pattern malfunction and cut off too much arm. The median one is the final version. Now it’s time to carve Santas for the up-coming holiday arts and crafts season.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Last Saturday we attended the Rosemaling Show in Hermantown just northwest of Duluth, Minnesota. It was a one day show and was a success. The crowd was huge and everyone looked like they had a good time. The day started a bit harry when we found that we had forgotten to order a table and getting us a table would have been impossible. Luckily we had our spare folding table. Panic ended.

The show featured artists and other vendors associated with the Scandinavian traditions. We even had a visit from the local Tompte to look over tables. I told him that I was very good this year. He relied in his scandihovian accent that I was lying. Now, how did he know that? Well, off to the next show which will be in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple season is in full swing, and this guy is pretty happy about that. An apple a day keeps the doctor away – I guess he’s happy about that too. Just don’t tell him that he would fit nicely in a good old fashion apple pie.

If figured that since it was fun carving out that last batch of pumpkins faces, I should try other fruits and vegetables. I was thinking what the expression would be on a ripe habanero pepper would come out.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Well, tis the season to say that it is almost the time to say tis the season. I carve these pumpkins all with just smiles on their faces. I dropped one of the pumpkins and his face changed to a fearful cry. Then I saw that all the pumpkins faces changed. One hollered ‘Look Out!’ Another pumpkin just frowned at me, while the others though it was just plain funny. As the comedian said, “It’s funny till someone gets hurt, then it become hilarious!” Now their faces are stuck. Oh well.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This year at the Minnesota State fair I was awarded the American Swedish Institute Award for my flat plane carving of Santa Lucia. This was a fun carving to carve, however, the candles break off easily. I may have to pull them off and shorten them a bit. Wonder what I have for them next year.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Here is another example of my work feathering a Civil War Bust. This is a Confederate general, no particular name or likeness to any famous soldier. I use many old time photographs of a Confederate general and created my own wood carving bust. That is the fun about creating; it doesn’t have to be about someone if you use photographs to get where you want to go.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Yea, well, here it is – State Fair time. Time for corn dogs and just about anything else on a stick. What is the latest food item? I’m not sure. And Able Frake isn’t sure to since he spends all his time in the hog pavilion with Blue Boy. But I guess it was worth it for ol’ Able standing here with Blue Boy and his Grand Champion Ribbon. This carving may be made of wood, but for Able, the pig is all pork.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I am continuing with my line of Civil War carvings to honor the 150th year of the war. This is a union cavalryman ready to do battle. This carving would also make a good western cavalryman bust also. This was fun to carve. More to come.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This was another fun project. I thought it would be interesting to create a bust of Generals US Grant and Robert E. Lee. Each were carved from two pieces of wood and fasten together by drilling a large hold between the shoulder and a ¼” hole in the base of the neck and in the center of the base hole and glue a dowel in. Then I put some glue in the base hole to finalize the attachment. I turned the head slightly to one side for extra realism.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This is the wood carving I will be teaching at the Minnesota Metro Wood Carving Weekend on November 19/20 2011 in Fridley, Minnesota.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lynne’s carvings

Here is a way for me to showcase Lynne's carving skills and ability to create great carvings. Most of these critters have found a home with Lynne's family while visiting them on Easter. Now she is on to Uncle Sam figures and so far they look darn good - more on that later.

Happy Easter