Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Santa's Sold
Customer  from Emporia, KS

Friday, October 7, 2016


45342 . . . . 45351 . . . . 45495

Foundwood Carvings
Millard Harrell
Creation of Santa’s, Elves & Snowmen
Produced by hand carving tools and no two are exactly alike.
All will be special orders.  Allow 3 weeks for delivery.
You may order by email - Onnalee@foundwoodcarvings.com

Home Phone - 620-341-9099      Millard's Cell - 620-794-1418
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Each Santa is different, but they all have glasses that frosted over because of Santa's wild Christmas Eve ride delivering presents through a stormy Christmas Evening and Christmas Morning. Although his glasses were all frosted over he was still going strong and he was already looking forward to the next year.
Approximately  2 ½  x 3 ½    $55.00


The Santa with a Pipe Ornament is inspired by the words from
The Night Before Christmas which reads,
"A stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth…" 

Each hand carved Santa Ornament will be carved with traditional woodcarving tools.
Santa will always be portrayed with a pipe of various styles and no two ornaments will be exactly alike. The back of each Santa will be a winter night time motif, but they will be varied.

They are truly an original work of art by woodcarver Millard Harrell.
Approximately  3 ½  x 4   $60.00


Approximately  3 ½  x 3 ½  x 4  $60.00

Santa’s with flat back

Approximately  2 ½ x 3 ½  $45.00  -   Approximately  3 x 4  $55.00  
Approximately  4  x 6  $60.00

Elves in the Round  

Approximately  3 ½  x 3 ½  x 4  $60.00



In Santa’s magical world at the North Pole there are some other helpers beside the elves that are an important part of getting things done up there.  These other helpers are probably nearest to what we would call robots.  You see, Santa, by using a little “laying his finger aside of his nose” magic can make snowmen move, walk and do simple chores.  The magic Santa works on snowmen is highly influenced by Santa’s mood and physical health.  For instance, once when Santa was really hungry and he had just heard that Mrs. Claus had made some snow ice cream, his magic somehow went a little awry and he turned a couple of snowmen into “Cannibal Snowmen” that ate up the other snowmen as fast as he and the elves could make them.  That of course was an unusual situation and most of Santa’s “laying his finger aside of his nose” magic works splendidly to create helpful hard working and pleasant snowmen.  

The snowmen, of course, do all of their activities outside where it is always cold.  Their activities range from singing outside Santa’s workshop window to keep the elves entertained to shoveling snow up in piles so Santa and the elves can later make them into other snowmen.  

Although snowmen are always ice cold, they have a warm heart.  Once while the snowmen were singing outside the work shop window, they noticed a baby reindeer that was getting too cold.  They immediately gather around the baby reindeer to shield him from the cold wind.  Although snowmen are robotic-like, they can display quite human characteristics at times.

This collection of snowmen can maybe prod, poke, tug and pull adults imagination to attribute some job or characteristic to each one of these hand carved snowmen.
Approximately  3 ½ x  3 ½ x 5    $70.00

Saturday, September 10, 2016








Sometimes a woodcarver just has the impulse to carve something that he can not sell.  
Sorry, Mickey Mouse can NOT be ordered.




This is a bottle stopper depicting a man with big ears and drawing flies. It is the perfect stopper to start conversation and it can serve as a distraction if you are serving cheap wine.
The saga of flies on Obama's head and face



You may ask, “Why do the employees work so hard”?  Why . . .  it is because they all want to win the coveted Sadie Smitherphart Award. 
You see, many years ago there was an employee by the name of Sadie Smitherphart.  She was an inspiration to all of her fellow employees.  She was self-giving, hard-working and would sacrifice all for the good for her employer.  In her younger years she was a real knock out.  All the young guys would buy the stale tobacco products there just to get to talk to Sadie.  As the years wore on they took a toll on Sadie, but she never slacked off in her dedication to the store. She came early and stayed late, cleaning and polishing, oiling the cash registers, and in the early days, would oil the bare wood floors with linseed oil to keep the dust down. Alas, one fateful day a circus came to town and she was smitten with love at first sight for a trapeze artist that came into the store.  Sadie was heart broken when he would have nothing to do with her.  She left the store early that day and was never seen there again.
        In the long history of the home town business there has never been an employee quite like Sadie Smitherphart.  That is why the CEO has awarded the traveling Sadie Smitherphart Employee of the Month award to a deserving employee monthly.  When the employees seem to be running out of gas and their enthusiasm for their work seems to slack off, he gathers them around and even allows some of the younger ones to sit on his knee, and, in his fatherly way, once again tells the story of Sadie Smitherphart.

          He becomes quite emotional at times and it never fails to inspire the employees of the town business to work hard and continue to serve the people of Emporia in the tradition that was first started by Sadie Smitherphart so many years ago.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


41578                   41666                  41898
12-26-15              12-27-15             1-19-16

I was asked to carve a yellow rose for a Christmas gift for "Friendship."
This was another challenge but I enjoyed the knowledge I gained
from carving a rose with leaves, a thorn and
turning a rectangle piece of wood into an oval shape.
Sometimes I wondered if I bit off too much but I am satisfied with the results.
The wood for the base (spalted hack berry) was provided by
 Kevin Church - Tallgrass Custom Wood Products - Emporia, KS

It just takes a block of wood.

The wood for this rose had been stored in our garage for 20 years or more.
It was hard and very dry.  

I prepared the block of wood, which was cut roughly for a rose, by spraying it with water and alcohol, wrapping it and putting it in the refrigerator.
I hadn't prepared my wife.  She saw this in our refrigerator and took it out to see what it was.  After unwrapping it slightly, she saw that it was a block of wood, took a picture of what she might find in her refrigerator and put it back in for a couple of weeks

 Getting it out of the refrigerator after a soaking in the alcohol and water -
wrapped in a rag, I am ready to begin carving.

My wife walked by our Anri Wood Carved Nativity Scene and saw this branch.
She picked it up to examine it and wondered what the connection was.
No connection!  I had to go out to our rose bush and cut off a twig to see how to carve a thorn. 

Learning something new.
I needed an oval base and had a rectangle board.
I'm not a carpenter - nor a mathematician -  but I did learn through Google.  
I watched a Youtube and succeeded.

Whew!  Success!

The person that received this as a gift chose to hang it on her wall
and had the "Friendship" plaque attached at the top. 
These photos show a difference in the lighting.