On the Cover: The cool Caribou on the cover was created by Desiree Hajny from Blue Hill, Nebraska. Instructions for this challenging project begin on page 14. Desiree has won many national awards for her wildlife carvings. Visit her website at www.hajny.fineartworld.com for more information. (Her Sitting Grizzly Cub was featured on the cover of Issue #39.)
I love to collect woodcarvings. It began as a harmless hobby, but now I am afraid I have an addiction. My focus has been to collect figure carvings—the older the better. My ultimate goal was to own an Emil Janel carving…not only have I fulfilled that goal but now I have four of them.
The other day I lined my office walls with shelves to display my collection…I ran out of shelf space. I may have a problem. Now I am thinking of getting into relief carvings…I may need help, or at least more wall space.
A fellow club member recently brought an Axel Petersson wood-carving into our shop. (I wish I had that piece in my collection.) I had to take some photos of this 100-year-old carving
and share them with you (page 24).
A great way to begin collecting carvings is to support your fellow woodcarvers at an upcoming show (page 74). Buying a carving from a local club member strengthens the club, brightens some-one’s day, and supports this wonderful world of woodcarving that we all enjoy. Flea markets, eBay, and antique shops are other great places to find woodcarvings—and quite often an antique shop owner has no idea what a piece is worth, so you should be able to get a good deal.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Carving Magazine. I think we have a really strong lineup of contributors this time (and every time, in my opinion). As always, if you have a good story idea, please send me an e-mail…maybe the next Axel Petersson is a member of your carving club; we'd sure like to know about him or her.
Reader’s question: Do you collect woodcarvings? If so, what types? Where do you get them? E-mail me at email@example.com,
share your answers, and send us some photos.
Till next time…Happy Carving—Chris
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