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Wood Carving Studio


Facts and FAQ
How long did it take you to learn to carve?
Where do you get the wood?
How long does it take to make a piece?
What is your favorite thing to make?


How long did it take you to learn to carve?

Everyone is different and it’s a continual learning process. With each piece you create you learn something new and challenge yourself to improve.


Where do you get the wood?

We typically use one of three types: Jersey White Cedar comes from New Jersey, Bass Wood comes from a Linden Tree and Tupelo Gum comes from the swamps of Louisiana and South Carolina. We like these three types because they have the least amount of grain – sometimes the grain pattern in wood can interfere with the design or can even be a weak spot within the wood where it might split.



How long does it take to make a piece?

This varies greatly depending on what is being carved, the size of the carving, whether the piece will ultimately be painted and the skill and speed of the carver.


What is your favorite thing to make?

Each artist has their own favorite. Resident carver Ed Newell is a folk artist who works mainly with the shells from walnuts, pecans, etc… Resident carver Art Parkin carves only birds and works to make them look as real as possible.


 

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