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 or Home Phone - 620-341-9099 Millard's Cell - 620-794-1418 or Personal Message on Facebook
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.
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
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.
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
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
. 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.
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.
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.