September 28, 2014--->LI Wood Carver's Show! Celebrating LIWCA 40th Anniversary at Levittown Hall, Levittown, NY

Monday, April 14, 2014

Take A Trip To New York City's Working Sawmill

Furniture maker Roger Benton spent years buying wood harvested from distant forests, but he soon realized the urban jungle of New York City could provide his lumber needs.

In 2009, Roger Benton co-founded RE-CO BKLYN, New York City's only working sawmill, with Dan Richfield. The company salvages downed city-trees that are otherwise headed to the chipper and transforms them into furniture.
"This method reduces unnecessary logging and waste, deforestation and high lumber prices due to shipping expenses," explains the company's homepage. RE-CO works with local arborists, tree services, and city parks departments to identify and locate their lumber.
The company catalogs where it gets each tree, allowing customers to identify from what neighborhood, what storm, what construction site the lumber was salvaged.
"It started with a couple of pick up trucks and an axe," says Benton. "You can come to us with a tree, and you can walk away with high-quality furniture," he says as he puts the finishing touches on a conference table made from tree that toppled in Hurricane Sandy. (
Website for lumber yard: /

Friday, March 21, 2014

What is it?

What Is It?

If you know what this is or want to know email me at

I'll let you know if you are correct or tell you what it is...Ed

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tips for Making Your Carvings Interesting

Tips for Making Your Carvings Interesting  
1)  Research your project thoroughly and obtain as much information and as
many images as you can before you begin.
2)  Action within a carving makes it much more interesting and
will hold the attention of the viewers longer.
3)  Lots of "Detail" adds to the story that the carving is telling.
4)  Use several aids in sculpting the project prior to carving it in wood.
Stick figures made of pipe cleaners, plasticine, clay, etc help to visualize
body parts in action along with the interaction to overall composition.

by Dennis Moor,

Monday, February 17, 2014

Useful Carving Tool...

I purchased this tool while in Phoenix,AZ at Hobby Lobby, and find it VERY useful:

Dritz Quilting Measuring Gauge 14 in 1. There are 14 different measurements in this double-sided aluminum tool. Anytime you need to check a small measurement while carving, this tiny gauge will be handy. Measurements range from 1/8 of an inch to 2 inches. It can be found in most sewing or quilting stores.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tree Trimming...(Thank you Ivan S. for this article)

So I was just sitting here wondering, should I have another cup of coffee or start trimming that tree that needs work.
***** What A Man Did With This Tree Trunk Will Blow Your Mind *****
One tree ..... four years of work and an indescribable amount of talent:
that’s what it took to create this incredible masterpiece.
A famous Chinese wood carver chopped down a single tree and
tirelessly worked on it for over four years to make this piece.
Your jaw will hit the floor when you see what he created.
It all started out with a simple tree trunk…
Then Zheng Chunhui, a famous wood carver, spent over four
years creating this masterpiece.
The carving is based on the famous Chinese painting
“Along the River During the Qingming Festival.”
The original artwork was created over 1,000 years ago.
The piece won the Guinness World Record for the longest wooden carving and
measures over 40ft (specifically, it is 12.286 meters long, is 3.075 meters tall
at it highest point, and is also 2.401 meters wide).
The intricate carvings of daily life in ancient China are so detailed and perfect,
they could drop your jaw.
It’s no surprise that this incredible work of art is drawing so much attention.
It’s amazing, but not just because it’s so big, but also because it’s so incredibly detailed.
That was 8,760 hours well spent.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Insider Tips on Entering Carving Competitions

by Let's Talk Carving with Susan Alexander
Carol Leavy, the woman in charge of setting up the exhibits for the International Woodcarving Congress, had a number of suggestions that we all would benefit from should we decide to submit a carving to any competition. Since I saw this as an opportunity for us to see the exhibit process from the “inside” I asked Carol to give us TIPS for future competitors. Here’s what she said.Click Here

Friday, November 8, 2013

Old Bethpage Woodworkers Show

Join The Club at the 
Long Island Woodworkers Show
Saturday and Sunday -  November 9 & 10
Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds
1303 Round Swamp Road (Exit 48 from the LIE)
Volunteers are needed for our booth - Call Ed Sesack 

More information: CLICK HERE

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Sounds of Carving


Gerry Holzman's Woodcarving Blog...

 A couple of readers have asked me why I call my blog, "THE SOUNDS OF CARVING." I must be honest and admit that these are not my own words; they were a gift from a blind teenager.
During the decade of the 1990’s, the period when we were most actively engaged in the process of building the Empire State Carousel, we opened a work-in-progress exhibit at our small museum/workshop on Long Island and conducted regular tours for our guests.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


     This is the story of a woodcarver who lived in a house in a forest with a rabbit and a housemaid.
Among the duties of the housemaid was to dress the rabbit each morning as he was unable to dress himself.
One day, after they had had their breakfast and the rabbit was dressed, the rabbit and the woodcarver went out into the forest to find wood that would be suitable for carving. They soon found what they agreed was a wonderful piece of wood just perfect for a wood sculpture

Unfortunately, they couldn't agree on what to carve. 

The woodcarver wanted to carve a mother sheep feeding her lambs. The rabbit wanted to see the piece become a wooden Dutch shoe. Finally, they agreed to let the housemaid decide, so they went back to the cottage and explained their problem. 

The housemaid decided to flip a coin: Heads would mean that the woodcarver would carve the sheep, tails would mean that the shoe would win. You can imagine the suspense when she flicked up the coin, caught it and peeked. . .. 

Wood ewe or wooden shoe? Only the haredresser knew for sure.