re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

Archive for April, 2012

93 Other carving: Chainsaw work of Randall Boni

In the last post I showed you carving I might even try, in fact, I have done pencils, but never pencil lead.  Remember, summer has to get here for me to try the lead.  Have you done any lead carving since the last post?

In this post there is work that I am pretty sure I will never do.  Randall Boni does a masterful job with a chainsaw.  Some carvers like their tools big, loud, and powerful.  They are in to removing lots of wood fast.  I like the smell of pine dust.  But I do not like the smell of engine exhaust so much.  I also like having ten fingers on my two hands.  I do enough damage to them with knives, gouges, and sandpaper.  Can you imagine what would happen with some bigger?

The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience. —Oswald Chambers


92 Other carving: Dalton Ghetti on pencils

What can you do with pencils? Lots.  My students write with them, use them as hair pieces, make “fangs” out of them.  At other times they leave them like Hansel and Gretal-like trails out my classroom door and down the halls of the school.  I like to think they leave such a pencil trail so they can make their way back to my classes.  Then again, I find all the broken bits of pencil in odd places, places which make me suspect that the pencils are being processed into miniature missiles, easy to hide, quick ammo for Jr High wars.

As you already know, I like wood carving.  As you also also already know, I really like all kinds of good carving.   So now we stick pencils and carving together.  Remember the  alphabet on a pencil stub.  That was the work of Dalton Ghetti.  I like his work.  Enough to find a few more pictures of it.

The mailbox above boggles my mind.  As a wearer of glasses, my eyes smart just thinking about how Dalton does his work.  The detail in the mailbox is eye-catching.  I am not sure if the hinge on the box really works.  That would be too much.  If you know, please do contact me.

One of my problems is that every neat carving I see I want to carve it myself.  Now, I am not of the caliber of a Fred Cogelow or a Phil Bishop, but pencils and pencil stubs, enough of those I got.  Maybe.  Summer vacation is only weeks away.

If the Holy Spirit guides us at all, he will do it according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them. —George Muller

91 Other wood carving: Free Carving Patterns from Little Shavers

Thanks to Rick and Theresa of Little Shavers for the great carving lesson.  I like Rick’s idea of do two at once so that you can have something to hold on to.  Another good idea in the lesson is using a felt tip marker to go over the pencil lines to keep your pattern while you work.

I have not used the Course Pumice Gel by Golden Paints tm Rick talks about.  Will have to investigate.  Let me know if you have tried it, how it works, what tricks you have learned as you use it.

I hope you enjoy the lesson.  I am going give it a try.

“A ruler who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops”  Proverbs 28: 3

90 Wood carving: Duneland Wood Carving Show.


I know that many of you who check out this blog will not be able to attend this particular wood carving show, however, I do log the show information for those who might be able to.  The rest of you are hereby reminded to check out carvings shows in your area.  Plymouth, IN recently had a show.  Many more are scheduled over the coming months. Find one in your area to enjoy.

If you do attend one, I would really appreciate seeing some pictures of the work being displayed.  Send them via this blog and I will work to include them in a future post.

For all who can attend the show, stop by and say hello.  I will look for you there.  Shalom.

The show will be held at Woodland Park, in the

Oakwood Grand Hall,  2100 Willowcreek Road,

Portage, Indiana, 46368.
The show is open to the public:     Admission is $4.00. Children under 12 are free.
SATURDAY, April 14, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, April 15, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The show is produced in cooperation with and receives financial support from the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission.

Woodland Park. 2100 Willowcreek Road. Portage, IN 46368

Visitors and wood carvers can also go to the following web sites for additional accommodations and restaurants in the area:;

“By justice a king gives a country stability,
but those who are greedy forbribes tear it down.”  Proverbs 29: 4