Thursday, April 16, 2015
Check out this site to learn how to carve spoons and other items from Storm Damaged Wood:
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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
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.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Long Island Decoy Collectors Association
Antique Decoy, Fishing & Sporting Collectibles Show
Saturday, March 7th 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
IBEW Union Hall
#370 Vanderbilt/Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY
When Broadbill was King on the Great South Bay
From the East - L.I. Expressway 495 to exit 55. Right onto MP/67, thru light to #370 IBEW Hall, Vanderbuilt/Motor Parkway, 5th on right.
From the West - L.I. Expressway 495 to exit 55 to Motor Parkway. Thrugh Light to #370 IBEW HAll, Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy. Hall on right.
Attendance or Vendor Information:
Timothy R. Sieger -b 631-537-0153
Richard La Fountain - 631-725-2034
Dick Richardson - 631-475-4199
Friday, January 23, 2015
LONG ISLAND WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION
Carving Mtg Open Carving
April 14 Tuesday 22 Wednesday
May 12 Tuesday 20 Wednesday
June 9 Tuesday 17 Wednesday
Sept 8 Tuesday 16 Wednesday
Oct 13 Tuesday 21 Wednesday
Nov 10 Tuesday 18 Wednesday
Dec 8 Tuesday 16 Wednesday
Sunday, December 28, 2014
This blank block of wood symbolizes the beginning of a new year filled with unknown possibilities. Every carving project begins in a new block of wood that awaits the carver’s tools of inspiration, creative ideas and ability to try. ...HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all... Ed
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Potato Wood Review by Steve Tomashek
I like wood, some of my favorite trees are made of it; so when I was approached to try a new carving material made from potato starch my first thought was: what’s wrong with wood? Now I’m pretty sure there are some fundamentalist “whoodlers” out there who will never try the stuff but I’m attracted to shiny new things as much as the next bird.
The smartest feature of this stuff is that water acts like glue for it. When wet, the surface becomes first slippery, then sticky, and in a matter of 15 minutes there forms a glossy bond that is slightly harder than the material itself. Carving it is a breeze; the light and uniform layers form a grain that is surprisingly strong in all directions.