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I am a self-taught carver with many years of carving experience. Most of my carvings are of Santa. I started carving Santa many years ago because my wife collects Santas and I wanted to carve one for her. That was many, many Santas ago. My carvings are usually from basswood blocks. I create my own patterns so that no two are exactly alike. The only tools I use are manual hand tools like knives and gouges. I never use power tools or sandpaper. Although I admire the finely sanded and painted carvings that other carvers create, it is not my style of carving. I want the finished piece to have those flat cut surfaces that tell you it was made by hand. I believe that is often what gives carvings personality or character.

Another carving medium that I enjoy is the wooden thread spool that was the standard when my grandmother loved to sew. I like to carve Santa faces into these spools. They vary in…

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  • Joined March 8, 2008

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basswood, acrylic paints, varnish, carving tools

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I am a self-taught carver with many years of carving experience. Most of my carvings are of Santa. I started carving Santa many years ago because my wife collects Santas and I wanted to carve one for her. That was many, many Santas ago. My carvings are usually from basswood blocks. I create my own patterns so that no two are exactly alike. The only tools I use are manual hand tools like knives and gouges. I never use power tools or sandpaper. Although I admire the finely sanded and painted carvings that other carvers create, it is not my style of carving. I want the finished piece to have those flat cut surfaces that tell you it was made by hand. I believe that is often what gives carvings personality or character.

Another carving medium that I enjoy is the wooden thread spool that was the standard when my grandmother loved to sew. I like to carve Santa faces into these spools. They vary in size and style but are carved all the way around the spool.

All of my carvings are painted with acrylic paints and then sealed with 3 coats of clear varnish to protect them. I also sign and date each carving that I complete.

I have been selling carvings on eBay for several years now. You can read my feedback summary to see other peoples opinions of my work. My username on eBay is "eeyeguy". I have 100% positive feedback rating with over 500 total sales.

I hope you enjoy my carvings as much as I enjoy creating them. I will try to add new items to my shop frequently. If I didn't have to work for a living I would carve every day. But I do work for a living, so I will carve as much as time allows.

Thank you for looking at my shop and all of my carvings. I hope you find something that you can't live without. Go ahead and buy it, I'll make more!

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