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Friday, January 31, 2014

canceled classes

. hi folks. all current classes from here on out are cancelled. I will only be available for private instruction thanks for your understanding.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

class was canceled sat due to snow, but will have it on sat feb 1st 2014,,

hi folks i been busy this past week,, plowing snow and trying to get my camper studio back to a classroom setting after the holidays,,  snow and more snow it seems, super cold here in pa,, hopefully it will not last long

snow and more snow

life does;t get better than this lol

Monday, January 20, 2014

starting the process of my basswood order

starting the process of my order of basswood,, ,, can't wait to try it out ,, my lumber guy just sent me the photos today,, it will take about 6-8 weeks to dry it after it is cut up ,,
 hopefully this will be what i am hoping for,,, nice easy to carve basswood,,,  see what happens,,

Sunday, January 19, 2014

sitting amish finished

he was fun to carve!!

discussion about carving instructors ,, ( many are quitting and good reason why )

discussion about carving instructors ,, ( many are quitting and good reason why )

hi folks,, this is a topic , that rarely gets attention,  and one i like to give my two cents to,,  it was posted on facebook by another carving instructor that they are no longer teaching  classes and shows due to the lack of students and cost ,, which i can understand,,,  the commitment of folks today is lacking but i believe it more the limited time and cost for most not to take a class,, many want to but to fit it in can be a difficult  with family and work,,,,  
in todays times the web has created a new way of teaching,, as many of you know , i have over 1700 videos up and over 130 projects to choose from for free, and you can purchase a dvd of most of my projects if you rather veiw it on a dvd player on your work area,,,, but i understand the expense of travel , setup, and cutouts, and overnight expenses, along with time spend before you go to a show or teaching a class, its work,, no doubt,,, but many folks are now teaching, and the pool of new carvers is limited,,, i for one, enjoy making my videos and dvds,  and teaching here at my farm,,  and plan to do so,,, yes some of the classes have been canceled , and that is ok,, it was not to be,,  i try to have different classes to fit the needs of those that would like to come to a class,,,
on a personal note,, i can understand the frustration  and disappointments that instructors deal with,, and the same goes for putting a show together,, the work that is done before a show or class is a huge amount of time and effort..  unless your super organizer ,, it can be draining,,  then why do it??  well most carvers that do shows and teach enjoy it,, and want to pass along a hobby that has given them so much joy,,, and my reason was simple i love computers and woodcarving and found my niche,,,   what i have today did not come over night,, it was countless hours with a video camera and prep work ...  i enjoy it, untill i no longer find joy in ,, i will contine,,  
i never thought of this as a way to make my living,,  if i did i would have stop long ago,,,  i spent countless hours carving santas,  ornaments , and many other things to keep my inventory up for the holidays,, and pricing them to a reasonalbe amount,,,,, one never knows what will sell, and what will not,,, if you ever thought of a carving career you better not quit your day job...  its not an overnight succes for most of us ,, its lots of work and hours ,, and its not work if you enjoy it long the way,,,  and if i dont like to carve something i dont,, i carve only those things that i enjoy,, that is why i keep away from commission work,,,,  commissionn work the word is WORK ,,,  i dont ever want to feel i have to carve,,, ,,  i know this might sound selfish but it keeps my interest in carving...  once it becomes work,, its no longer enjoyable,,   no one in thier right mind will do a hobby they dont enjoy,, isnt that what a hobby is to be ,,, enjolyable??   so folks,,  i will keep trying to come up with new ideas, and new videos on youtube, and make my dvds,,, am i making a killing at it,, no,, and most woodcarvers will tell you the same,,,  i have cover my cost which is about as good as it gets ,, and i am not complaining,,, but understand those that thought this is a great way to make extra money,, i can be,,  ( extra ) is the word,,,  not a living at it,, some do make a living at it,,  and enjoy taking commission work,,  to those that have done this my hats off to ya,,,,  glad your able to do so,,
 well will this was more than my two cents worth,, more like a dime :)  keep carving folks and thanks for all your support, and keep supporting carving shows around you,,  , arleen  

Friday, January 17, 2014


DVD #63 windy santa ornament & sitting santa with a tree, is ready,, this dvd is 2 hours and 31 mins long,, comes with a pattern of how the cone should be cut,, 10.00 free shipping in the usa,, and canada its 2 dollars per video more for shipping,, please contact me if your interested, at the carverswoodshop@yahoo. com,, or send a ck payable to arleen zomer, 226 hill rd, honey brook pa. 19344.. or paypal payment to zomerenterprises@yahoo.com..PLEASE WHEN YOU ORDER state the number and name of video,, thank you ,, arleen

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


hi folk this was a fun project its up on my youtube channel ,,,, carverswoodshop ,, there are 13 video clips of this project,, enjoy,, arleen

Friday, January 10, 2014

finished confederate and union soldiers

i had fun carving these  i will post these on ebay soon

,, enjoy,, arleen

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FREDDY THE FARMER ( seasonal /holiday )

hi folks,  hope all is going well, we survive the deep cold spell this week, thankful it was only a couple of days near zero,,, as i continue to run heaters in the barn to keep pipes from freezing, so far all is well,  when in any doubt i flip on the heaters,, sure dont want to come in the barn and see water everywhere,, but one night this week i decided to make a farmer,,  you could use him as a seasonal /holiday farmer,,, the name freddy is from my dad ,,, fred,,, i thought it was fitting to give this carving a name after him,, after all my dad was a farmer,, so here are some photos of freddy the farmer , he was fun to do

Friday, January 3, 2014

shipping charges to canada,,

hi folks ,, just to let you know,, shipping dvds in the usa is free,, but to canada, it will be a charge of 2 dollars per dvd,, the cost of shipping there has increase in the past couple of years,, so i have to go to the post office and fill out paper work to send it,, thanks for your understanding,, arleen