re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

About John Klompmaker

N'easter coming.  An egg head from an early post.

N’easter coming. An egg head from an early post.

I did my first wood carving when I was 14 years old.  Serious carving began when we moved to Lansing, IL where I became a member of the South Suburban Chiselers, a South Holland woodcarving club.  I have been part of the club  for over 20 years.

I am also a member of the Duneland Woodcarvers.

My work has been sold at art shows and craft fairs throughout the Midwest, earning ribbons and certificates as well as the appreciation of delighted customers.

Contact info:


30 responses

  1. The site looks great, Mr. Klompmaker.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    • Nice job Mr. K

      January 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      • Thanks J. A little late in my responses here. Just now looking at my blog again.

        May 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

      • Thanks J. Sorry for the late reply. In China these days. Not much time for blogging. Now heading back to the States. More time perhaps.

        May 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

      • Thanks. Late reply. Haven’t checked my blog since coming to China. Now headed home in June. Perhaps a little more often.

        May 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

  2. RLMendoza

    Good job on the blog. If I was not one of your students already,I would want to find a class to join.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  3. Jeff postma

    Jon you did a great job! I was thinking though you have way too much time on your hands! Keep the chips flying everyone.

    October 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    • Ha, this gets done after midnight…..well almost…..You have some more work for me? I tried keeping busy with Elder work and carving classes. But…..Nice to see you on line.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  4. I love your work and your blog. Keep up the great info.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    • Thanks Tom, appreciate the check in. Hope to have much more in the next few weeks – many more carving pictures coming. Did you do all the knees displayed on whittlershollow? If I may ask, what price have you been asking – all the ones shown are sold. Shalom, John

      October 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      • Hello again. I did all of the Santa’s on Whittler’s Hollow. My prices are from $85 and up depending upon size and if I add trees or other extras. I really like your work.


        February 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      • Thanks Tom. Where do you get your cypress knees? And, where do you get your customers? Hoping to find a few more.

        February 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  5. Hi.This blog looks pretty great.
    I am thinking about signing up one in now.

    October 21, 2010 at 3:12 am

    • Hi Alan, Glad you like it. I am trying to post something new here once a week. Ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. Did you subscribe to the blog. Then you will get any new post I make. Look forward to seeing your blog.
      Shalom, John

      October 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

  6. Sven Klompmaker

    Hey John,
    nette Homepage, bin zufällig drauf gestoßen :)
    schöne grüße aus der Grafschaft und einen lieben gruß an Jane. ;)

    December 18, 2010 at 6:03 am

    • Tag Sven. What a surprise to see you here. Toll!

      I do hope you subscribe and get all the updates. Thanks for the greetings. Give all in the Grafschaft our warmest greetings. Jan says, “Hello, and Merry Christmas.” Shalom, John

      December 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  7. Jantine Klompmaker

    Hallo John,
    es ist so schön von Dir zu hören.
    Ich hoffe, es geht Euch allen gut ?!
    The Kontakt one this way is very fine.
    Liebe Grüße Jantine

    December 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    • Jantine, wunderbare Sie hier zu finden. Es geht uns gut, danke. Schon zu horen das es Dir auch gut geht. Hoffentlich konnen wir wieder uns unterhalten. Bis spater. Auch Liebe Grusse, John PS Bitte, gruss alle das wir kennen.

      December 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

      • Dave Bonnema

        This is all Greek to me! :-D

        January 13, 2011 at 1:00 am

      • Hi Dave,

        Was that GEEK or GREEK? ;) No, wait, that’s Germany to you.

        January 13, 2011 at 7:03 am

  8. Dave Bonnema



    January 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

  9. That’s what I thought, Dave.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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  11. Thank you for visiting Mindful Gypsy, I know nothing about wood carving but your bog is very beautiful :-)

    March 28, 2012 at 12:30 am

    • Thanks Gilly Gee. Glad you could visit. There are those who can do amazing things in wood and other related materials.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

    • Thanks Gilly Gee. There certainly are a lot of talented people out there who are able of producing really wonderful things from all kinds of materials. Did you see the carved books? Or the pencil carvings? Some of my favorites.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

  12. Nick Deja

    Hey Mr.K doing good with the carvings

    September 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  13. Well I wish I could say I’ve never seen anything like your carvings, wait I have I’m in ur carving class.

    January 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  14. Great blog and excellent carvings. In Finland we make and love wood carvings. Carved bears are or most popular items. We organize also bear carving contest. Here two my posts showing them:

    Bear carving contest1

    Bear carving contest2

    Here is one of my favorite carving posts:

    Wooden outsider art

    Happy weekend!

    September 7, 2018 at 4:33 am

    • Sartenada, Thank you for looking in on our blog and for the reply. Eager to see your work, as time allows. Thanks also for sharing your favorite posts. Shalom.

      September 7, 2018 at 6:22 am

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