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Monday, December 22, 2014

repeat of my christmas poem , by arleen zomer

some of you have read this before i wrote this a few years ago, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL,,  may you find peace and happiness ,,  blessing,, arleen

twas the night before christmas and all through the house,
a carver was carving , and quiet as a mouse

late at night , all you could see ,
was a light on in the shop where the carver would be,

basswood in one hand and a knife in the other
a gift it would be for sister or brother,

the carver kept working late into the night
knowing all to well it would soon be light

when the carving is done he looks with delight
to be able to give it away to someone tonight

and the smiles it will bring to the ones that he gives ,
the carver will cherish it as long as he lives
merry christmas,

lol bear attacked ,, by zoe the dog,,

i gave a holiday  bear to a friend a couple of years.... and their dog zoe got a hold of it,, i thought it was beyond repair  so my solution was below,, she was happy to get him back, lol

christmas is almost here , some update

hi everyone ,, as christmas will be here in a few days,, the season of santa carving comes to another close,,, it been a good month,, i enjoy seeing some of the local folks stopping in ,,  and also having set up at 4 street cafe,,  and will again in jan,, looking forward to having some new classes this winter,, starting jan 17th,, with the pinecone class for beginners,,   selling some tools now which i didnt do before but thought it was time to at least sell what i use,, and so things keep moving forward, and some of last carving for this year,, i had fun,,  :)

some new coffee santa,, now the beer and wine santas,, or drunk santa lol

they are looking at the beer santa,, sleepy and red nose,, lol i had fun making these,,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

some new carving,, again, some i have yet to paint, one went to holland...

hi folks i have my sitting bald headed santas, ( coffee santa,) my sister was here for a visit and ask if i could make one holding a wine bottle,, so i made two for her they went to canada, lol the one with the coffee cup with a windmill went to my uncle in holland ,, my holland coffee santa,, many folks seem to like them,, they were fun to do along with some new style santas,  from the past but added much more detail then my very first santa,, i enjoy making them,,now to paint them

the ones with the wine bottle are the  AFTER CHRISTMAS SANTAS  lol

and some new style santa,, yet to be painted

hi everyone the christmas season had a good start,, and some news on tools.

howdy from pa,,  i open my shop for the first sat of dec and did very well,, not many folks but some very good sales, so i was happy happy happy ......, i also added some sales of tools of which i use,, i had many folks ask me where to get tools,, and i direct them where to go,, but decided i wanted to get the v tool that i use for carving beards, hat trim,, and often you have to buy a set,  so now i found a supplier that will sell me only what i needed,,  so i now have a beginners set,,  a mico dockyard v and gouge set,, ( this set was selected by me, its the only ones i use, out of two sets i purchased years ago,, so i was able to choose my personal set to have available to othesr that would like to purchase,, ... i didnt want to be a supply carving store,, but so many ask where to get the stuff i use on youtube,, i decided this might be the best way to do it,, plus i will not sell anything i will not use myself,, i wanted to make sure that folks got the right tools for the job,,  so here is the break down of what is available 

first the beginners set

tools are here, limited, prices , and sets

December 10, 2014 at 10:41pm
hi folks,   i found someone that would work with me and put a set together of five of the dockyard that i use the most ,,,, so  i put together some options that might work for you,,  i came up with the following,, ( please note i have a very limited amount on hand, for my classes etc ,,  i might take a week for me to get them in if i am out,, but i will be sure to order them as quickly as i can,,  

beginners set,,  
1 murphy knife, sharpen ready to carve,  20.00
1 med glove,,, ( if you need a different size please let me know, there are small med and large... med is the most popular size) 9.00
1 small strop,, one inch wide.. which both sides have leather, 7.00
4- one inch rolls of tape for thumb guard,, 2.00
1 v-3 dockyard tool   17.00

shipping 8.00  usa shipping only ( other  countries  will be determined)
total for only the beginners set is 63.00
 1 --- v-3 tool only  17.00
shipping is 3.00 , in the usa  ( other countries will be determined)
total for the v tool only is 20.00

ok now to the dockyard set,, i put together a set of five of the dockyards i use the most,,  out of the two sets i got years ago  now it would cost 110-120 for these two set today,, so below is the list of the five
1- v-3    vtool
1... 15v  vtool
1...g15  gouge
1...g2   gouge
1...g5   gouge,,
shipping is 8.00 in the usa only,, ( other countries will be determined)

@ 14.00 a piece
the set cost 70.00
total for the dockyard set only is  78.00

now if you purchase a beginners set you can add the last four at a later time the cost for the four is 56.00 for the set of for, because the v-3 will be part of the beginners set,,  shipping is 7.00 total of 63.00

if you decide  you want the beginners  set and the five piece you will get the v tool for 14 instead of 17 ,,
the cost for both sets together is 108  shipping is 8.00

total  for the beginner set and dockyard set is  116.00

please these are limited,, i might take me a week or so to get more in if i am sold out,,
ck only please it will keep cost down,,

make ck to ,
arleen zomer
226 hill rd
honey brook pa.19344

484-364-0471  or carverswoodshop@yahoo.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

carverswoodshop open for the christmas season, in dec......

  • 930 birdell rd , honey brook pa, 19344 camper studio
the shop will be open for the christmas season starting dec 6th, 9 am to 5 pm. i will convert my shop into a retail shop to display hand carved santas , snowman, penguins , pinecone tree, and ornament,, each is my designed , hand carved and signed, will be available for purchase. i will also be carving in the shop to show folks how these items are carved,, looking forward to this christmas season and seeing many of you , ,, so stop in say hello if your in the area, below is the dec hours ,,

saturdays dec 6th, 13th, 20th 9am to 5 pm
fridays dec 12th and 19th 3pm to 8 pm
monday dec 22th 3pm to 8pm
tue dec 23 3pm to 8pm
wed 24th 1 - 5 pm

also appointment call or email

my pinecone tree ,,

wow its been a month,, sorry folks here whats happening

we are at our last class for our fall session,, it will be a winter session starting jan 17th with the pinecone class again for beginners,,  more information coming up soon,, but some interesting photos of classes new woodcarvings and the truck lift i am finally getting some use repairing the rotting  boards behind the rain gutters, lift came in very handy,, ,, to cold to work now,, but will get more done next week,,,   first photo is the long legger santa class here is the student final piece

this is the coffee santa,, with baggy sock  this is new

pine cone class results, they  look wet still drying from the antiquing solution

this is a sitting  dutch coffee santa

repairing the garage

and some of boards replaced , no way i could do that alone on only a ladder

Sunday, October 19, 2014

update on classes in nov, and added info,,

hi folks ,, the beginners pinecone class is full, nov 8th
still room in the following classes
long legged santa,,  nov 1
holiday honey bear, nov 15
spiral santa head ornament, nov 22,

please email me at , carverswoodshop@yahoo.com
 or call me direct at 484-364-0471 to confirm a spot,, thanks ,

this is my fall woodcarving  session
a winter woodcarving session will start in mid jan 2015,,  
i will have another beginners pinecone class,
other classes that will be available will be determine,, thanks,, arleen

another use for the lift lol ,, i had to laugh but i will put it out when i am open ,, LOL


just testing out a few things ,,

just testing out putting up the tent,, it glows when you put a spotlight pointed to the ceiling,, just seeing if this will draw people in when i open up the four weeks before christmas,,  i added an electric fireplace,, the heater no longer works but the light does, i was going to toss it in the trash but thought it would look great as a display at christmas,,  i will add a few lights etc ,, just wanted to get an idea how it was going to look and work,,,,  more photos later when i set up at christmas time,, just having some fun,,

Monday, October 13, 2014

apple fest ,, was great inspite of the rain and gearing up for the next couple of months

it was a rainy mess sat morning, didn't see a soul till about 1030am and i was there to set up at 6am cause it open at 7am,,  and normally its pack in the morn,, but it was better in the afternoon,,  i was surprised  that i sold as much as i did , considering not many people or vendors out ,, but sunday made up for it,, i did about the same as last year,, and that was good,, so i was not disappointed,,  so just sticking it out sometimes works out for the best,,
in fact i got  5 new students ,, two from this weekend and three in the past couple of weeks,, also will advertise in my local paper,,  i did in the past and got a couple of folks,,  but  its not always cheap to put in an ad in our paper ,, but overall it was a great weekend ,,
so i gearing up for the month of nov,,  four classes that are starting to fill up,,so i see a very busy month ahead, and then i plan to have my shop open saturdays to sell my carvings to the local folks, which has been good the past two years,, so this is the third year i will be open, and plan to also be open for a few nights before christmas,
when september comes each year i feel more and more i am right into the christmas season,, which might sound strange to many, but as a woodcarver i work on my santas in jan to get enough inventory together for the shows and for the season ,,,  so keep carving folks,,  have fun, and most of all enjoy this time of year and what it brings,,
it will be a bitter sweet christmas without my dad,, but without christmas we wouldn't have the hope that we do,, take care,,  arleen

Sunday, October 5, 2014

wood carving class, ( spiral santa head ornament) one day nov 22 2014 830am to 430pm

484-364-0471 sat nov 22 2014 830 tp 430pm
this is a one day class, two cutouts, some carving experience needed, we will carve and paint ( if time allows ) plus a dvd of this project or a dvd of your choice( d65 to choose from ) coffee , donuts , water provided, , limit to 6 people , cost 45.00

wood carving class ( honey holiday bear) nov 15 2014 830am- 430 pm

  • at 8:15am - 4:30pm
  • 930 birdell road , honey brook, ap 19344 camper/studio at the farm
PLEASE IMPORTANT. YOU MUST CONFIRM BY RESERVING A SEAT BY EMAILING ME OR CALLING ME DIRECT 484-364-0471 OR EMAIL carverswoodshop@yahoo.com or facebook messager,, thank you,,, arleen ]

we will be carving the honey holiday bear,,this is for carvers that have some experience with carving, one cutout plus 7 holiday pieces , will be provided, along with a pattern
cost 65..00 , the bear will be three inches high and 1 1/2 inches wide ,, plus a box will also be provided to put your pieces and use as a base we will carve and paint bear bring your lunch and if you do not finish it in class a dvd of this project will also be provide, or a dvd of your choice ( 65 dvd to choose from ), limit to five people, please call 484-364-0471 or email me at carverswoodshop@yahoo.com to reserve a spot or questions thank you,, arleen

had a great time teaching the pumpkin class and they did a great job

just some photos of the classroom in my camper studio and the results some folks took them home to finish the painting, but they all did a super job ,,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

wood carving class, long legged santa,, one day, nov 1, 2014 830am-430pm

  • at 8:30am - 4:30pm
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    930 birdell road , honey brook, pa 19344 at my camper studio
this is a one day class, of the long legged santa , sat nov 1, 2014 ,, 830am to 430 pm,, there will be two cutouts, 5 1/2 tall and 1 1/2 wide ... and paint and brushes provide in the class to finished project.. plus a dvd of your choice ,, cost is 60.00 coffee, and donuts, and water will be provided, bring you lunch,, total 6 people min of 3 , some carving experience needed,, please to confirm a spot you will have to email me at carverswoodshop@yahoo.com, or 484-364-0471.. it will be held at my camper studio , at the farm ,, 930 birdell road honey brook, pa . 19344..


wood carving class for beginners,, pine cone ornament,, one day nov 8. 2014 830am-430pm.

my pine cone is the third from the left,, they did a great job this was the last class
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    930 birdell rd , honey brook pa , 19344, at my camper studio at he farm
this class is for beginner, but others are also welcome to join,, the beginners should have some experience of handling a knife,, if you tried to carve, its important to know the correct way of holding and using the knife,, if you just started to carve, this is a great project to learn how to do the push and pull method, and learning how to do a stop cut,, cost is 40.00 ,, and i will limit it to only 4 beginner and two experienced carvers ,, so that i can give you the needed attention ,, , you will get two cutouts, and choice of dvd, paints and brushes are provided in the class to paint you finished carving,, also beginners you must have the right carving supplies,, please contact me direct by email carverswoodshop@yahoo.com or call 484-364-0471 to confirm a spot. this is a one day class held at my carving studio , 930 birdell road honey brook pa,,19344 at the farm,,, sat nov 8th 2014 830am 430pm limit is 6 , min is 3 coffee, donuts, and water provided bring your lunch


  • at 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • camper studio, 930 honey brook pa 19344 ( at the farm)
the project is a 3 inches tall by 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches wide, two cutouts will be provided,,paint and brushes will be provided in the class to finish project ,, bring your lunch... coffee donuts , and water will be provided,, limit 6 people cost is 40.00 starts at 830 -4pm sat oct 4th,, please email me or call to reserve a spot,, carverswoodshop@yahoo.com or call 484-364-0471 this project carvers should have some experience of handling a knife,, must have a sharp knife , glove and a thumb guard to take class ,, thanks arleen ,
just a note if more then 6 people sign up i will have another class on this project ,, date to be determine
YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO CONFIRM,, clicking the going button does not confirm a spot,, thanks for your understanding,, arleen

Saturday, September 20, 2014

long legged santa ,, needs some paint but is up on youtube

please go to my youtube channel ,, carverswoodshop  and you will see it posted there, thanks alreen
ps there is also long legged penguins too, will paint them soon,, and put a photo when they are painted,,  :)

hi again from honey brook pa,,

hi folks i just wanted to let you know things are going well, its been an adjustment without out dad here but ,  i been busy here at the farm since his  passing,, things were let go for to long are now being worked on,,,  many projects around the farm and it will take a long time to get caught up,,  just bought some use  equipment to help in finishing some needed painting and other projects around the farm,, so i am looking forward to working on the projects i have listed in my head,,,
carving well that is going well too,, i did one new video since may 11,, called long legged santa,, and now i am doing pumpkin faces i will be sure to post a few photos of them,,  and i am also having a class i post that as well,,  take care and thanks for dropping by,, arleen

Saturday, August 2, 2014

my last photo with my dad ,,,

this was posted on facebook,, a few days  ago,, .........................
Arleen Zomer Carverswoodshop
today we laid to rest my father,, he was a wonderful dad, and this was my last photo with him three days before his passing ,, for my family in holland and canada ,, we will have a audio cd of the service that we will be sure to send to you, i also want to thank so many that help us during this difficult time and for your prayers. we thank the lord for the life he gave dad here with us, and now the new life he has in christ, he is home with his lord,, he sees what we hope for, , arleen...

Photo: today we laid to rest my father,, he was a wonderful dad, and this was my last photo with him three days before his passing  ,,   for my family in holland and canada ,, we will have a audio cd  of the service that we will be sure to send to you,  i also want to thank so many that help us during this difficult time and for  your prayers.  we thank the lord for the life he  gave dad here with us, and now the new life he has in christ, he is  home with his lord,, he  sees what we hope for,  , arleen...

sorry for the delay on my blog

hi folks i notice that is been since may 11 since i posted anything on my blog,, some of you know why,,, my father was not doing well since christmas.   we took care of him but it got to a point where we no longer could,,  may 4 was the beginning  of a long few months,,,  he was place in a home in may, and my father passed away july 26 2014  he was 87,,

it was a surprised to me thinking he was doing so well at the home,, i thought for sure he was live another year or two because of the good care he was getting,, but i guess the lord knew when to take him home,,,
the first month he was in the home ,, we as family members felt terrible knowing he wanted to come home,,  i have to admit i was in a bit of a depression and didnt know it,, i have little interest woodcarving which i thought would never happen,, i was so consume with my parents needs that everything took a back seat for a while which is should,,, my days were filled with traveling to see dad, cause the home they place him in was 20 miles away,,, knowing all to well that my mom would want to see him everyday,, which she did,,,   thankfully my mothers church help in with some of the transportation for me,,  meaning 1-2 days a week someone was willing to take her up,,  leaving me with some time to get caught up on things that needed to get done on the farm,, and around my home,,  it was a blessing to know folks were so willing to help out,,
losing my dad will leave a large void in my life,, i work with him all my life,,  here on the farm,, i only ever wanted the best for both of my folks,, they are my family,,
one thing i always will admire my father for is the courage he had to leave holland and come to the usa,, and to have his own business,  he taught his kids well,,  to be honest, work hard and to have faith in god,,  and to be independent,, for that i am so grateful,,  now he is gone i know the months ahead will be filled with memories of him,, and as we pass special days,, in the next year it will be bitter sweet,, i was blessed to have a dad all my life, and work with him,, and learn from him,,  he was a wonderful dad that cared for me ,, i never doubted his love for his family,,  or me,,

i started to carve again,, and have over 30 pieces that now have to be painted,,  and thankful i am back into it once again,,  and soon i will have new projects again up on youtube ,,  folks keep carving,,and i will too,, arleen

Sunday, May 11, 2014


hi folks i know its been a while,, happy mothers day,, my mom is taking a nap at the moment and i decide to catch up on some news here,,,  well i started another short series of the uh oh santas,, they are santas that are stuck in the chimney,, just something fun,,  there are many ways of doing this  the sitting uh oh santa is all ready on youtube, and the beginner one that is the uh oh santa ( HAT AND BOOTS )  will be up later,, enjoy,, 

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Photo: Sitting windy Santa video coming soon

from a santa to a gnome to a santa again

this is kinda what i was going for,, lol ,,, i didnt want to throw it out,, so i redid the face and hat,,  back to a santa again,,,  lol
Photo: Okay my first attempt to the Santa to the gnome now to back to the Santa.  This is kinda the idea I was going for to start with lol

Thursday, April 24, 2014

sorry no gnome on youtube

hi folks, this past week i posted a photo of a gnome i had carved,, and below is the reason i removed it from facebook,,   have a great week , arleen

posted on facebook
hi folks,,  as i was attempting to make another sitting project this week of a santa, it ended up missing the tassel,, lol and thought i will make my first gnome,, today i regret it,, i decided to remove the photo ,,,,   why,, well as many of you know i am a person of faith,, as soon as i finished it i didn't feel right about it,, after some prayerful time, and chatting with another christian friend about it,, i came to the conclusion that i cant make a video of it,,  after some study about the history of gnomes, i know now why i and that uneasy feeling about it,,  i realize that many of you have no problem carving and creating these, that is fine ,   my faith is a personal journey not anyone elses, and so are my personal convictions,,

 and i got more likes on this picture of the gnome then of anything i ever carved,,  which baffled me,, thinking this might be a great to carve to sell as well,,  but the uneasy feeling never left me ,,,  but many of you like gnomes,  and i am sure there are other sites that can teach you how to make them,, i am sorry that i will not be able to do it ,i always will follow what feel the lord leads me to do,,  and this is one of those times,,  i know many of you will not understand this, some will ,,  we all come from different backgrounds, faiths, and customs, and i am happy that you choose to be a part of my carving world and thanks for your support ,,,, at the end of the day it really comes down to one thing,, did i live me life to what my faith teaches,,  and did i honor him,,  and tonight as i sign off ,, yes i am honoring the one that saved me ... keep carving ,, arleen

Sunday, April 20, 2014

a total of six of the sitting series

all but the amish is on youtube for you to enjoy,, arleen


you can see the last video at my youtube channel and some photos for you to see ,, it was fun

new project is the sitting happy golfer

hi folks a new sitting project coming,, its carved with two videos up so far on my youtube channel ,, its called sitting happy golfer,, i have yet to paint it,, so i better get busy,, hope to have the rest of it up later tonight, thanks for stopping by,, arleen

farmer crossing the usa for wounded warrior project, he passed the farm today

There's a farmer in Elverson PA. He will be crossing the United States with his tractor and trailer behind him for the Wounded Warrior Project. He passed the farm this afternoon and I caught up with him and took a couple pictures