Primary 2012 Show Sponsor:
We'd like to thank OWL Hardware for graciously sponsoring our 2012 show.
2011 Show Sponsors:
Sponsors: Art of Fire, Woodburning - Dunkle Knives - John Henderson, Carving Artist - Uncle Al Wood Products - The Woodcraft Shop, Supplies -
Art of Fire
Pyrographic Art, Patterns & Instruction by Sharon Bechtold
John Dunkle of Archbold , OH , second generation knife and chisel maker….knife and chisel sharpening available at a small charge as time allows.
Fine Wood Carvings and Stone Carvings
I’m often asked, “How long have you been carving?” I try to be honest and just say “I don’t know”. I’ve been whittling for over 50 years. I can remember sharpening my pencils with my pocket knife in first grade. My earliest recollection of whittling was sitting on my Granddaddy’s front porch in NE Alabama and listening to him, my daddy and uncles tell stores as they whittled. I turned 61 in September, 2010 so I know its been over 50 years. Toy knives and guns were my first attempt at creating something in wood. My first attempt at doing something ‘artistic’ was at age 9 or 10. My father brought home small pieces of soapstone markers from his job as a welder in the shipyard in Pascagoula , Mississippi , where I grew up. I carved small “Tiki” heads, which I and several of my friends wore.
I continued whittling through out the years and started carving seriously in 1990, while still on the Broadview IL Fire Department. I retired as Deputy Chief in 2001 at age 51, after 28 years of service. I joined the North Suburban Carvers (a long standing woodcarving club that meets twice monthly, in Bensenville , IL) about 15 years ago and greatly enjoy “our club”. I have been participating in wood carving competitions and art shows for several years and have been awarded numerous ribbons. I have sold many pieces and even had one piece purchased by a couple who took it home to England (International Artist?). My work is predominantly stylized and abstract, I do not do realistic. I love imitating ancient art, with my own designs done in those styles. I have done a few commissions; however, I prefer creating my own designs in both wood and stone. When I finish a piece, I’m done with it and hope someone likes it enough to take it home with them. http://www.northsuburbancarvers.org/page/399535696
Uncle Al Wood Products
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The Woodcraft Shop
2724 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Serving the needs of the traditional and contemporary carver.
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