re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

Posts tagged “hand made

167. Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frames 5

Posts 145, 152,156, 160. Those are posts where you can find cabins 1- 4.

This one has its own unique and interesting qualities. First the large knot in the base. Its location is not an accident. The wood was turned and viewed from every angle. Finally, given the limited number of tools available at the time of carving, it was decided that the knot needed to be in the base.

Then, how to incorporate it into the base? The result, a large rock which allowed for very limited carving to the knot itself.

Another pleasing feature is the roof. Both the wavy carving lines and the wavy growth rings make an attractive top to the cabin. And these lines offset the chimney well.

One choice I am not so sure about is the size of the smaller wall rocks. Should they have been larger. What do you think?


“The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Prov 10:14


166. Woodwork from other places, China. Qîngzuò. Please sit down.

I know, it isn’t really wood carving. But, there is wood work done. This stool is more than 150 years old. It captures my attention for several reasons. First is the hand labor involved. Rounding the seat must have taken some time. Shaping the legs as well. Did you notice the slight curve to them. A nice detail. And then there is the work done to slot the legs into the seat, terrific.

A second reason to like this piece is the recycling done. The owner believes the seat was a wheel of some kind, hence the square hole in the top. The seat reminds me of ancient Chinese coins with their square or round holes so they could be threaded and carried on a string.

A third reason to like this stool is the character of the wood. Holes, unfinished edges, color, cracks, and growth rings make this an eye-pleasing object. What do you think?


“Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.” Prov 11:17

139 Woodwork from other places 12, China. Im”press” me.

A few more Chinese press molds. (See Post 128) These would be used to make moon cakes. The cakes are served most often at the mid-autumn festival, a lunar holiday. It is one of the four most important holidays in China.

The top molds imprint the words for happiness and a wish for more money. I like the two-part mold which must make disassembly much easier for the baker.

The fish is also a cake mold. It means “more and more happiness, more health and more money.” This information from a Chinese friend.

While we are far from the next mid-autumn festival, it is never too late or too early to wish you well. May you find the eternal source of happiness and well-being. Shalom.

135. Carving ideas – flowers, colors, and design.

One can not take wood carving and carving tools everywhere. This is especially true in big cities where one depends on mass transit. Mass transit requires safety measures such as metal detectors. Metal sectors find sharp metal objects such as carving tools. Said tools would then be lost to confiscation.

So, one needs to find something creative to take on mass transit. Pencils, markers, and colored pencils work, for now. In preparation for times when carving can be done, flowers. Design and color continue. Here are a few sketches and ideas. Some are copies of other artists work. Some are originals. Can you tell which is which? Shalom.

“For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth, over and around us lies… this our hymn of grateful praise.”

83 Wood carving: Big Mouth 1 and 2

I have been showing the work of others for the past while. Thought it might be time to show something I have carved.  These two pieces were begun at the end of last summer.  They are now finished and hanging in our house.  The work in progress is shown here.  Will show the painted pieces soon, after I take a few more pictures. The carvings are roughly 18 long x 4 wide x 2 inches thick.

Both carvings are done in cottonwood bark.  Last summer I revisited a lightening struck tree while on a family vacation.  For years small sections or pieces have been falling off the tree.  This past summer the tree’s entire bark skin came off.  The morning we were to return home, while I still had an empty vehicle, I loaded up as much bark as would fit in my small SUV.  I found some storage for the bark and was even able to squeeze a few pieces into the load returning home from vacation.  Good thing we ate our way through some of supplies from the incoming trip. That left room for some bark.

I found inspiration for the pieces in a carving magazine.  One picture gave the idea.  The challenge was to get the correct cuts to recreate feeling of the photo.  My dentist liked the pieces.  Perhaps I will have to replace the bad spot in Big Mouth 1 with a gold filling.

Enjoy.  Feed back is most welcome.  Inquiries about purchasing pieces also.

“If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.”  Proverbs 29:12

#65 Other wood: Reuben Margolin’s Kinetic Wave Sculptures

Okay, so you might be wondering why I am posting yet another artist’s work.  You might be asking, why isn’t he doing more of his own carving?  The truth is, schedules and duties do need to be kept and the hobby carver can’t get all the time in that he would like.  So, checking out a few web sites and receiving info on other artists via the net is far faster than completing a carving of one’s own.

That said, what Reuben Margolin’s has here, what he has done with wood, is really cool.  I know you will enjoy seeing his interpretation of wood.  His work, far different from mine, is still fun to watch.

Amazing all the different things we can do with wood.  Have you found any other web sites what artist “do wood?”  Care to share them with us?  Thanks in advance.



“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”  Proverbs 17:9