ToddWoffindenCarver

Hand-carved jewelry and small sculptural objects

Vancouver, British Columbia
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Announcement    Thank you for visiting my shop! I hand carved everything that you see here, from start to finish, in my home workshop. Please note that the turnaround time for custom orders is longer than usual during the busy summer season. I appreciate your understanding!

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Last updated on 02 Sep, 2022

Thank you for visiting my shop! I hand carved everything that you see here, from start to finish, in my home workshop. Please note that the turnaround time for custom orders is longer than usual during the busy summer season. I appreciate your understanding!

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About ToddWoffindenCarver

Sales 526
On Etsy since 2020

Hello! My name is Todd and I am a self-taught carver.

After a 20 year career as a professional ballet dancer, my body started to wear out on me so I decided to use only my hands and my brain for my artistic endeavours. I hand carve everything myself, from start to finish, in my home workshop. I have a workshop in my basement full of tools that range from large power tools to tiny files and sandpaper.

I have been fascinated by odd or beautiful objects my entire life. As a child, I did a lot of carving with my pocket knife and also played around with modelling, clay, wire and paper maché. I took all of the shop classes that my school offered.

Most of my work is meant to be touched, picked up, rearranged and looked at on all sides. I like moving parts and seek to invite the viewer to be involved in the piece. Some of my pieces are functional and some are more sculptural. All of my designs are original, though the Japanese Netsuke Carvers and the Maori Carvers are two of my greatest influences.

Designs will come to me and unpredictable times and occasionally I will sketch them out. If it is complicated, I will sometimes mock it up in wax for a reference. I also use photographs and a collection of odds and ends that I have found over the years such as small plastic animals, bones, seashells and numerous other things from the natural world.

I create my works out of many different materials including wood, bone, antler, horn, tagua nuts and a variety of fossils. I obtain these materials from different commercial sources as well as find many of them myself. I quite enjoy carving materials that I discover myself in my own neighbourhood.

The finish of a piece may vary depending on the desired outcome. If it works with the piece, I'll occasionally add some gemstones or sterling silver. I may use some wax, polish or even paint if the piece calls for it. If I'm using a more porous material, like bone or antler, I'll seal the piece to improve longevity.

Thank you for your interest in my work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Todd

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    Hello! My name is Todd and I am a self-taught carver. I have a small workshop in my basement, where I make everything myself, from start to finish. Thank you for your interest in my work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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Last updated on 15 Jul, 2022

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Last updated on 24 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

All of my products are hand carved from natural materials that have, in their previous lifetime, been exposed to water. However, once you purchase your pendant, please know that the carving will stay nicer and more "like new" for longer if you don't wear it in water. You can occasionally rub a small amount of essential oil into your carving to keep the material from drying out and add a slightly glossy appearance. Please let me know if you have any other questions about product care.

When will I receive my order?

I always ship next business day, often same day. However, especially with the delays with the postal service, both within Canada and Internationally, please order well in advance of any expected arrival dates. Apologies in advance for any delayed delivery times due to the postal service, which I'm sure you understand are out of my hands. Thank you!

Custom and personalised orders

Yes, I do take custom orders, although I'm judicious about what custom orders I will accept. I want to be certain that the custom request is within my skill set and that the customer and I mutually agree on the design vision and price. Custom requests usually take one to two weeks to create, depending on the time of year.

Am I purchasing the exact item pictured in a listing?

Yes! Please be assured that you are purchasing the exact item pictured in a listing. While I do sometimes duplicate a popular design, each pendant will be different due to the varying nature of the materials I use and the fact that each is individually hand carved. I make new listings for each and every pendant or relist the item with photos of the newly carved pendant. This way, customers can be confident that they will receive the very same item pictured when they make a purchase.

If I don't see a specific item for sale, can I make a request?

Yes, absolutely! If you have an item in mind that you've seen in my shop before, I'm happy to make more!

Wholesale availability

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing pendants wholesale and we can discuss the options of a mutually agreeable arrangement.