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# 39 Other interesting places: part two

Where is your suggestion?  At the risk of sounding like Mike Rowe, whom do you have to suggest to add to the list “Other interesting places.”

Two more were suggested to me just after I posted #38 “Other interesting places.”  I have sat with one of these artist.  The other has a blog which I have followed for a while.  Good people to spend time with.  I trust you will enjoy their work as well.

The first is John Philbin Dolan.

John is a painter.  He is working in pastels and beginning to move into oil.  We have one of his pastels, a cowboy, hanging in our home.  I am sure you will appreciate his skill and execution.  It has been great to talk with John about art and the goal of art.  Even the conversation on the meaning of art is a “lost art” in America these days.  We both agree that “art is not in the eye of the beholder.”  An idea open to more conversation later., Dad's Tools, Come rain or shine, David

The second artist is “Yaakov.”  I have never met him, but his work, as displayed in his blog is pretty neat.  I like his lines and craftsmanship.  Check him out.

The other artist is Yaakov. Among other things he makes furniture.  And he muses about wood working and art.

Chai-boy by Yaakov

Box with inlay by Yaakov

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1


#38 Other interesting places

I like working with my hands, as you might have noticed.  I also enjoy creativity.  This does not have to be my own work, the creativity of others is attractive.  I know many very creative people who do wonderful work.  Their work is in wood, fiber, with pen or a computer.  Here are four sites you might check out sometime.  If you have others, please let me know and I will post them as well.

The first artist is Aaron Viles.  His turned bowls and pens are elegant.

The second “artist” is Mel Jongsma.  She did not do the drawings, she writes and the drawings go along with her stories.

The third artist is Jane Compeau.  Jane displays  a lot of interesting fabric, fiber work in addition to her own.

The forth artist is Rick Klompmaker, my older brother, who makes some truly eye catching boxes and canoe paddles.  Only the boxes are sampled here.

I hope you will find the time to check out the work which I am only able to sample here., 2, 3

Lifelines, Christmas story retold, Christmas story

Lifelines, Christmas story in black and white 1

worldembroideries 2 box 2 box 2 box 3

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  Colossians 3:23

#34 Wood Carving: Friends make it fun

Ultra realistic chickadee

The following pictures are the work of good friend and fellow carver, Jeff Postma. Jeff and I have been carving together for the past two years. We have joined the same club and have sat next to each other at carving shows. He’s a good guy to hang with.

Screaming eagle, great detail







If you come hang with us you will learn to appreciate his booming laugh and zest for life. Enjoy the pictures.

Cowboy Santa with a fallen beard.




I really like the work Jeff has done on his birds.  The details in each one are great.  The smile on the Cowboy Santa is eye-catching.  And speaking of eyes, Jeff and I have talked a lot about them.  We keep working at it.  The most “eye-catching” part of a face are the eyes and they prove to be some of the most difficult parts of the face to “get right.”

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father wi ll love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:13


Bear on a log.

Nice arrangement, presentation.

Screaming Eagle side two.

A face to love.

#20 Carving in the sunshine

Carving a cypress knee in the sunshine

There is no better place to carve than outside in the sunshine, especially with friends.  Two friends, Ed and Jeff, and I spent last Saturday carving in my back yard.  Jeff worked on a cypress knee while Ed and I worked on some bark houses.

Ed carving a cotton wood bark house

Jeff has received  lessons for the cypress knee from another carver so we left him on his own.   He was working on a few of the extra details for the piece.

Ed was making his first attempts at carving houses out of cotton wood bark.  We talked about setting up the piece first.  We looked the bark over for defects, taking off the lose or weak pieces.  Then we drew on the back of the bark to get an idea of how we wanted the house to stand on a hill, the angles of the roof line, walls and hill.  Next we began to rough in the roof, the walls and hill lines.

Ed and Jeff carving 10 9 10

Cotton wood always forces you to deal with weak spots, pieces that fall off or break off in the process of carving.  Ed’s piece had two wings, but one broke off while the piece was being handled.  In the end the carving

Carving cotton wood bark in the sunshine

will actually be stronger as a result of have less wood.  Ed had to figure out how to make the house fit on the rearranged piece.

After roughing in the house and spotting it correctly on the hill the next work was to begin adding windows and doors.  On bark house I tend to make the doors and

Tools of the craft

windows oversized so they are easier to set in and carve.

The tedious work began here.  Roof lines had to  be finally set in and shingles drawn out and carved.  Doors and windows had to be pierced to let light through.  Exterior siding were sketched on and carved in.  Details for the hill, rocks, benches were added at this point in the carving.

Stop cutting Santa's gift bag.

While we did not get the project completed the final steps after details are fixed in place will be to spray the piece with sealer bringing out and preserving  the rich colors of the bark.  And then the piece is ready for signing and dating.  And, as Jeff keeps reminding us, once the piece is signed no more carving on it.

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.