re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

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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


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

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)

153. Other material: Eggshell Carvings. | Frankie965

Recycling? Perhaps here pushed to the limit. Hope you can enjoy someone’s creativity as much as I do. A few pictures of Brian’s eggshells may hook you into something new.

Eggshell Carvings. | Frankie965.

“So by using high-speed device called paragraver (something like a dental instrument),

Brian Bate creates masterpieces of incredible beauty, from the simple egg.”


“Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.” Prov 16:8

148. Hand carved, Old Tar. Don’t rock the boat.

Maybe too many Popeye cartoons. Maybe a tough day at the office. Whatever the reason, this Old Tar isn’t too happy, even if he knows the ropes. Does he look like he’s all at sea or a loose cannon.

Perhaps he is upset for being ordered to “shake a leg.” This nautical term came to mean either “hurry up” or “to dance.” Does he look like a guy who would want to dance? Not all “old tars”, or sailors liked dancing. One reason for the nickname, by the way, might have been because sailors were said to use grease or tar in their hair.

This sailor is in a private collection in Michigan. Shalom.

“A good name is better than fine perfume…” Eccl 7:1a

144 Carving. Rustic cabin in basswood.

Swirling snow, howling winds, temperatures frozen at minus something, and darkness far too early. A good thing to think about on a sweltering summer day. It was 106 in Beijing, China the week this post was crafted.

And speaking of crafts, what do you do on such a cold, dark evening? Carve, of course. One of the things I enjoy carving are rustic cabins. This one is in basswood, roughly 4x4x6 inches. Things to notice: the grain lines, the rocks, siding texture, unfinished shingles in picture three which were finished in the other pictures. One other detail to see by comparing picture 3 and 4. The siding on the porch goes opposite direction of the rest of the cabin. Why, you ask? Easier to get at with carving tools.

I like it. You? Shalom.

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”Prov 21:23

142. Carving ideas. Crayons as carving material.

How cool is this? “Inspired by folk art, wood carvings and childhood memories, Artist Diem Chau carved a pack of crayola crayons into the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Pretty impressive!”

So now you never have an excuse to be without carving material. There has to be a crayon or two somewhere around. Diem Chau and others have given you something to shoot for.


“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Prov 20:3