Chip carving is fun and easy to
do.  It only uses one knife, so it is
an economical way to get started
in carving.  These rondels are
typical of the ornaments my
students make when they take my
chip-carving class. 2.5"
These plates were made to commemorate the 75th birthdays of my
mother (left), and father (right).   These plates are a combination of
chip carving and relief carving. 1997 and 1998
This piece was chip carved on
both sides and resulted in a lacy
pattern. Although too delicate for
any practical purpose, this is a
purty thang.
These carvings are caricatures. The dog
was carved following a video by Tom
Wolfe and dates from 2001. The mule
cane top was carved for my father in 2006.
The Wizard was going to be a Santa- but I
don't do Santas- so he became a wizard.
All in Benjamin's collection.
Gnome Homes are
an amazing carving
variation for carvers
to make us use our
imaginations to
construct abodes for
mythical creatures.
This was my first, in
2006, and it came
out OK. I prefer my
usual precise carving
style, but these are
fun too. In the
collection of Archana.
Here are some close-up images of a bark house in the round.
With a light inside the windows and mouth glow nicely. 2012
In Archana's collection.
I don't do many caricatures, but when I saw this
project of Mr Winter in a Carving Magazine article I
had to try to make it as a gift for some friends who
would appreciate it. They liked it so much I decided
to try to make him a spouse, and so in 2012 Mrs
Winter was created.
In the Ingarfield collection.
This carving is of
our son's dog
named Zelda. She
is a particularly
beautiful dog and I
have not done her
justice here, but I
did my best. 2010
This cane was made for the
Wounded Warriors Project of the
Texas Woodcarvers' Guild. It was
awarded to a wounded veteran.
I'm in the process of making a series of realistic
butterflies that are not designed to be worn, but
They will all be real sized and have as true-to-life
coloration as I can manage.  
I have a digital collection of butterflies I've found
on our 50 acres, and maybe I'll make copies in
wood of all 43 different butterflies. Maybe not,
since just the painting on this Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, took 8 hours to do.
The underside is painted like the real butterfly.
This carving was sold at the International
Woodcarvers' Congress in 2012
Clouded Sulphur,
Colias philodice,
is my second
realistic butterfly.
This one is much
smaller, since
that is the actual
size of this