THE LI WOOD CARVERS SHOW


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PRAYER NUTS, NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK

 

These Look Like Simple Walnuts, But...

 

The 16th Century:
In addition to tiny, beautiful prayer books and rosary beads, people of the past liked to express their love of religion and beauty with objects known as prayer nuts. They were carved from wood.
Prayer nuts were mainly produced in northern
Europe during the 16th century.
​ O​nly the wealthy could afford them.
The outsides alone were marvelously carved with intricate designs, including text. Everything was held in place with wooden hinges carved right into the piece. These prayer nuts would usually be attached to

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What Is It?

Big Bird, It Is Not





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Nature has always provided the impetus and reference for many innovations in the manufacturing and design process. In some cases, the construction of an item mimics a natural form. In others, the replication merely simulates the natural form or function. When first presented with this item, I was struck by the similarity (it seemed at the time) to a prehistoric bird, wrongly named the pterodactyl. You know – the scary one that is always depicted on the big screen. The actual name for this bird is pteranodon, it being a member of the pterosaur family. What caused the comparison was the reverse horn on the head of the bird. I found the shape of this tool to be strikingly similar, and could not shake the thought that the original designer may have been thinking along those lines.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Carving Tool Rack

Carving Tool Rack (on a budget)

by William Russo
          
 I found  an article in WoodCarving Illustrated showing how you can make a tool rack for your work area. For about $7 I made the one here. A  2’ long piece of 1” pvc, a pr of  T ‘s for the base, a pr of elbows and I bought a little more of the 1” tube to make the rack higher if I wanted to.
The holes are from ½” to almost 1”( for the fat handled Flex knives.) I drilled through so the blades show. Easier to select the right tool. I guess with a little thought you could make a carrying handle or even a double rack if you have a lot of tools to carry.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

LIVE FEED OF OSPREY NEST ON LONG ISLAND’S NORTH FORK!


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GEORGE AND GRACIE



















This pair of ospreys, whom Tommy named George and Gracie, reside on the North Fork of Long Island during the summer. They were first spotted in 2014, perching on top of an old television tower located on Tommy’s property. Tommy had a wooden platform installed on the top to encourage the pair to build a nest, and sure enough, it worked. He also set up a video camera to be able to get a unique, up-close view of the birds in their nest.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

WHAT A WOODEN DESK





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Berlin secretary cabinet, 1778–79, 1786
David Roentgen (German, 1743–1807)


Oak, pine, walnut, mahogany, cherry, and cedar, veneered with curly maple, burl maple and mahogany (both stained), and with marquetry in maple (partially stained), hornbeam, apple, walnut, mulberry, tulipwood, and rosewood; ivory, mother-of-pearl, gilt bronze, brass, steel, iron, and silk

141 3/8 x 59 7/8 x 34 5/8 in. (359 x 152 x 88 cm)
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (O-1962,24) (L.2013.15.1)

The Berlin secretary cabinet represents possibly not only the greatest achievement of the Roentgen workshop, but is also arguably the most

Monday, May 4, 2015

HOW TO TRANSFER A PHOTO TO WOOD

This is a pretty simple and clear video as to how to transfer a photo to wood...enjoy!
click here  Also check this out CLICK HERE (more detail)


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carved from the Desert


Mesquite vase by Philip Moulthrop, 2014.

A family of artistic woodworkers from Georgia turns its attention to Sonoran trees and cactuses for a new exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Joe Cella In The Florida Keys





By Bill Russo

I remembered reading about the Joe Cella Award presented to an
outstanding wood carver by the LIWCA. I saw Joe's  name on a ribbon at an
art show at the Key Largo Public Library. He must have done some good
things down here as both a wood carver and as a good person. An artist
had painted an ostrich egg with scenes from the Keys and was awarded a
prize. I then went into the library itself because there was a wood egret
done by him.
Pictures are attached. I thought you might enjoy seeing
these. Bill

Joe Cella was a well-known and well-liked artist who specialized in woodcarvings of birds in nature.  He was born in Long Island, New York in a home that his grandfather built.  He became an apprentice for a furniture maker when he was a teenager. Then he attended college and later taught shop and wood working to high school students. Joe was a member of The Long Island Woodcarvers Association for many years.
 He retired to the Florida Keys continuing his love of art with full time carving of birds found in our natural surroundings.  He was nationally known for his art; most known for staining each piece carefully so that the natural wood grain could show through. Joe was a wonderful gentleman as well as an outstanding artisan. You may view one of his "birds" which is on permanent display at the Key Largo Library.