re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood


162 More Christmas tree options. Evergreens, a symbol of hope.

Always looking for creative new ideas. Here are two ways to use scrap or small stock to create holiday gifts. While winter and Christmas are months away, now is a good time to think about projects, materials to gather, scheduling of carving, painting, and deliver of pieces completed.

Posts 127 has two of my creations, one in basswood with bark on it and a second stylized trees in cedar scraps. Post 130 has a mass production version for ideas. Have you any other Christmas tree ideas?


“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Prov 10:17


161 Creative ideas. What Your Old Watches May Be Used For | English Russia

Creativity is creativity, no matter what material one uses. Recycling anything is good stuff, no matter how one uses it. And fun art work is fun art, wherever one finds it. This cycle is just fun.

What Your Old Watches May Be Used For | English Russia.


“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Prov 10:12

160. Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frames 4.

Did you notice the black hole? Not sure what it was intended purpose was. It added another level of decision making. Cut it off? Wastes wood. Carve it out? Wastes effort. Cut into it? Lose its mechanical roundness. Leave it? Let the viewer decide how it fits in. You see what was decided. What do you think?

Compare to pieces in Posts 145, 152, 156. I like the deeper, wider piercing under the cabin. Along with the black circle, it adds another layer of interest, inviting the viewer’s eye to travel around and through the piece.

One other feature to point out is the shape of this cabin. Several features give more motion to the piece, rather than a static, boring blah-ness to it. Waves in the roof give a sense of motion. The shape of the walls also. Note how the bottom of the house cuts in, the walls seem to bulge out and finally tuck back in under the eaves. A much more interesting shape then straight lines.

What else draws your attention?


“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Prov 10:8

159 Fun with Vegetables. Some like ‘em Hot.

Sometimes there are just too many “good” scraps in the scrap box. You can’t burn them all, especially when it is summer and the heat index is 107. So what to do? Vegetables, of course. And in the heat, why not chilies and tomatoes.

These guys are made from basswood scraps, cut ends and odds shapes one would normally discard. The odd shapes give the added challenge of finding shapes that fit. You know, ala Michelangelo and his “David.” Yes, we are stretching it a bit, no, a lot.

While there is a great distance between the artistry of and material used by Michelangelo and these five guys, the use of reclaimed or cast off pieces is the same. And, tip of the hat to “VeggieTales, the cute smiles one can add makes them pleasing to the eye also.


“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Prov 10:4

158 Woodwork from other places, Russian.

Okay, another one. There are many great wood carvers in Russia. Here are two small examples of the kind of relief carving they can produce. I am not at the level of detail you find in these pieces. But they do suggest to me or challenge me to go further in my work. What about you?


“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Prov 4:23

157. Wood Carving: Wooden spools

There are so many avenues in wood by which to express oneself. Here we have thread spools. Limited work surface calls for creative carving. One is forced to ask questions and make decisions on a small scale.

Below is information related to the spool work pictured:

“I can be reached at Touch-Of-Color KNOWtes, Box 505, South Bend IN 46624-0505 until my son and I create my website this summer. Until then, please contact me at .”

Hope you find an avenue for the creativity created in you. Shalom.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Prov 3:27

156. Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frames 3.

One of the reasons I like looking at the work of other carvers is all the details, the ways they make a block of wood look like something. It isn’t a real Native American that Lynn Doughty creates (post 155), but his cuts, burning, positioning and painting give a very strong impression of reality.

I invite you to look for some of the same things in this unpainted third piece done from an IKEA bed frame. Note the roof lines are not flat even though it doesn’t have shingles. There is also a contrast between the parts of the siding with board lines and those without. (At this point I can not remember if the upper story got vertices board lines or not. It needed them) The curve of the chimney adds strength to the over-all effect. And it is balanced nicely with the dormer window opposite.

One thing I like carving is rocks. The base of this carving is made much more interesting with the addition of rocks, the undercutting, and the large rock thrusting through the foundation into the rest of the piece. Compare the different handling of rocks and foundation in the previous carving in posts 145 and 152.

This carving is also in a private collection in China or the U.S.A., depending on owner residency.


“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” Prov 15:22(NLT)