While visiting a yard sale recently, Jack Proseilo noticed two little tool boxes — and the light went on! Why not make carving kits for the two grandsons that would be visiting for Renezvous in August? Jack cut several lengths of 5/8” hardwood dowel into 5″ lengths and started shaping tools. The list of tools soon expanded to seven, including a v-tool, veiner, flat chisel, skew, several more gouges and a knife. He used Deft to finish as well as harden the edges. The little go-bys were designed using the dimensions of a full or half-block of bar soap. Jack notes that, “If we are to promote our passion why not start young.”
Jack gives credit to Janet Bolyard, who has done much to promote soap carving amongst the younger crowd that attends the Desert Wood Carving Show (sponsored by the Arizona Wood Carvers and the Grand Canyon Wood Carvers). It is a popular attraction at the show; the kits used there include a bar of soap and three wooden tools designed by Jim Sublet
Jack Proseilo is a resident of West Kelowna, BC, Canada. After selling their business 16 years ago, his wife suggested he find a hobby. Inspired by a stylized bird carved by an in-law, Jack joined the Arizona Wood Carvers. He has taken classees with with Dave Rushlo and Dave Stetson, and been inspired by the work of Tom Ellis of Spokane.
Jack is a member of the National Wood Carvers, Arizona Wood Carvers, and the Grand Canyon Carvers. He and his wife Elaine and another couple are the moving force behind the Okanagan Carvers Retreat held in West Kalowna each August. Jack notes that as a carver he has met and been inspired by many great people, and his only hope is that “ … I have and will inspire others to promote this great pastime.”