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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

a little wine :)

hi folks,,  my sister made some homemade wine,, i saved it for a special day,, easter was  the day,, thinking of my family,,  hoping they all had a nice day today,,
Photo: Having a special glass of homemade wine made by  my sister ann..saved it for a special day.  Thinking of my family hope a are having a great day this easter sunday

happy easter

our church was held at the twin valley high school due to the collapse roof,,,  it was full plus a view  from the school bring back memories  i graduated in 1978

  Photo: Full house at twin valley high school for hopewell' s  easter service

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

basswood cutouts, here is the first ( limited)

ok follks so that here is no confusion on the taper cutouts for the sitting series .. these are not rough outs, but cutouts,, ,, here is the taper cutout i was working on,, just like in the videos,,  
and photos of the projects that can be made from these cutouts, all but the amish guy is on youtube . total of six in a small box ,,, cost is 27.00 includes shipping in the usa only,, 

please email me to confirm order,, limited supply , please email me at  carverswoodshop@yahoo.com and i will send you a confirmed email with instructions for payment,, thanks so much ,, keep the chips flying 

, arleen ps hope to get a few more new 
caricatures from this block,, 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

basswood blocks for carverswoodshop projects available

ok folks here we go,, as i was sorting out the basswood i have two boxes to choose from so far
(1) ....small ,,, which is the flat rate box, it has three pieces of basswood ,, 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches long ,, total cost includes shipping only in the usa,, 19.00 ,, for the cone projects, up to 6 projects ,, if your doing bears or the sitting series you will be able to make six of them,, from these blocks
(2)... large,, which is the med flat rate box,,, it has 14 pieces of 1 1/2x 1 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches long .. total cost includes shipping only in the usa ,,, 43.00 you will be able to make 28 to 40 projects depending on which projects you choose
limited amount available.
other s sizes will be available soon,,
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 and 1 x 1 for the spiral santa ornaments project
also will have pre-cut cone basswood blanks for limited projects coming soon,, will have details later,,
i have carved this wood,, and found it to cut with easy and it held detail very well,,
,, make sure your knife is sharp
please be advise ..i tried to pick out the most clear pieces from the wood that i received... there might be some brown streaks, and spots visible.. sometimes with basswood, and i have gotten basswood from all kinds of places, will have this,, the piece will look clear and you might encounter it in the middle,, it still can be carves as normal and painted,, this areas are not soft,, ,,, i will do my best to send as clear pieces as possiblle
please reserve your basswood by emailing me first to see if it is available due to limited amounts,, ... once i confirm your order i will email you details about payment,, either by ck or paypal,
all sales are final,
please email me at carverswoodshop@yahoo.com or here on facebook in the message section,,, thanks,, arleen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

how to purchase basswood , and by monday i will be ready for orders

each box,, and you can pick the smaller or larger box,,
here is my plan,,

to make available two sizes of boxes,, small and large

small box is 19.00

large box 43.00

includes shipping,

at this time this will only be available in the usa,,

by monday i have more details of how much is in the boxes and how many projects you can make ,, , and a youtube video about purchasing the boxes,,

thanks everyone,,  i will be back soon with all the details

looking ahead

1!many of you want them cut,, and i am looking to do the same,, make a few cutouts for the cone projects for those that do not have a bandsaw,,,, this will be the same idea,, i will make avaiilable a small box for a set price,,  so this will be determine in a couple of weeks,,

also ordered  some 1 x 1  inch blocks today,, will take a month ,,,,,  so that folk that want to do spiral santa head ornaments.  you can either purchase them in small box ,, i can sell the wood in either cutouts or in long blocks and you can cut them,,  i will  give you more details about this later,,

ok folks i have much to do ,,take care and keep carving,, arleen ,

BASSWOOD IS HERE ,,, this is the first shipment from my lumber guy,, great stuff

Saturday, April 5, 2014

update wood is a coming :)

hi folks, i know its been a while,, things around the farm has been busy the past couple of months,, snowfall meant plowing,, lots of  plowing this year,, and the start of clean up of limbs and branches are still on going,, tractor repair ,  house spring cleaning,   tax time, car inspections, carving show, and taking care of my folks needs has demanded more of my time since dec,,   as they say life gets in the way... carving the past two weeks has come to a stand still,,,  i have yet to unpack all from the show which  i normally do the day after the show,,  but had my sister  here, and we started to spring clean our parents home,, so with all that being said,, it didnt leave a lot of time to  carve,,

the basswood that was to be here before the show ,, well that had to wait a bit longer cause it was not dry enough,, and i got a text this week that it will be delivered on tue april 8th,, they i will test it,,,  and if all goes well and i am happy with it ,, i will make it available for folks to purchase,,  the plan is to have two to four box sizes to choose from,, with a set price which will include the shipping ,,,  it will be easy to order,, i will have these package ready to go,, so it will get to you quickly,,,,   but first things first testing it,,,  my hopes are high,,, i will be sure to put together all the information about it on youtube and here as well,,   keep carving folks,,,  better days are ahead,,  arleen