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Carvings at Wood Show '99

Part 1

By Bob Gander


Once again, the Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild put on their annual exhibition of wooden items made by the guild members or by students from the local high schools. The show ran from May 29 to June 6 at the Galleria Building, Innovation Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Caricature Carving

This is a caricature of Ron Davidson carved by Brian Lockie. Ron has been the go-to guy for carving instruction, information, patterns, resource materials, and more. Below you will see that he really has a T-shirt with that slogan. Brian specializes in caricature carving and has recently started to do carvings that are truly caricatures of existing people. This is carved from basswood and is finished with acrylic paint.


Here is Ron doing is favorite thing: talking. I don't think he is talking about fish here. This photo was taken one evening during the Wood Show. We have demonstrations every evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. We bring in a lathe, a bandsaw and a scroll saw for the demonstrations. Sometimes we are fortunate to have enough volunteers that we have more than one demo going on at a time. The demos draw both Guild members and the public as there is a posted schedule available.


This carving is titled "Another Ron", also carved in basswood by Brian Lockie. This was done as a retirement gift for a Ron that Brian had worked with for a number of years. Apparently he liked to point his finger as he talked. Basswood and acrylic paint.


Brian Lockie was a busy carver this year. Brian hosts an informal carving group Wednesday evenings at his acreage, and some of those attending are bird carvers. Brian did this one to prove to them that he could carve a bird! The bird is a Canada goose.


Realistic Carvings

This is a life-size meadowlark on an old cowboy boot on a fence post. It was carved by Ron Davidson. Ron regards the boot as the main subject of the carving, and many people think that the boot is real. Although the barbed wire is not carved, Ron did make it himself, so the piece can be entered in competitions. As with many of my photographs, this one doesn't do justice to the "aging" effects that have been added to the boot. By the way, putting old boots on fence posts is a not unusual thing done by farmers and ranchers on the prairies.


This elegant pair of horses, carriage and driver were done by Keith Sommerfeld who specializes in carving horses. He also makes all the harness and other accessories, himself. This piece is mounted on a marble base and is enclosed in a glass case with a wood bottom.


Keith Sommerfeld also did this family of giraffes with oxpeckers on them. This piece is approximately 10 inches high and 8 inches square on the base.


This male and female pair of blue winged teal were carved by Michael Reiter. They are miniatures: about 4 inches long.


This bust of a young woman was done by Colin Ward. It is done in basswood; the hair was textured with a pyrographic tool. It has been left without a finish.


Colin carved this bull elk out of a single piece of mahogany.


This beaver by Colin has just finished cutting down a poplar tree.


Colin was another busy carver as this bust of a Native American attests. Here Colin has showed his skill with paints to add to the effect.


Stylized Carvings

This toucan was carved by Gordon Bowman. It is intended to sit on the edge of shelf; here it is sitting on a tree limb.


Ron Davidson did this alien in basswood with a mahogany base. It is done as a deep relief (or is it realistic?).


This Holy Family is carved in diamond willow by yours truly. It is a 90's kind of carving, as Joseph is holding the infant Jesus. This piece came off the end of a piece of driftwood that was given to me by Chris Nakonechny, another Guild member.


Carving in the Round

This beautiful rocking horse was carved by Gord Sukut, a new member to the Guild and a new carver. Gord had never carved before, but wanted to make a rocking horse for his granddaughter. He brought a book, started with some some wood he had on hand - elm - and the tools he had - two carpenter's chisels and some rasps. 200 hours later this is what he produced. The mane and tail are real horse hair, whcih is quite expensive. This was a real show-stopper. It just goes to show what a person can do when they don't know "it can't be done that way."


Bob Gander r.gander@home.com

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