Saturday, October 18, 2014

BOTTLE STOPPER WITH THE LIKENESS OF MICHAEL ZARGAROV

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A customer asked to have a bottle stopper made with the likeness of her friend, Michael Zargarov.


Michael Zargarov 
  





He taught English as a second language in China.
He spent time in Panama with the Kuna indigenous peoples.
His spiritual journey has taken him far . . . from an Episcopalian upbringing
He works as a professional tour guide and limousine driver.
Had some bit roles in Motion Pictures from 1998-2002










VIKING BOTTLE STOPPER COMPLETED

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE VIKING BOTTLE STOPPER

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Millard was asked to carve a bottle stopper and the customer decided she would like to have a Viking.
The purchase is pending, as we want to make sure the customer is satisfied.
Another picture will be added after the cork is attached.





Friday, August 29, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO MILLARD HARRELL FOR HIS MAGAZINE ARTICLE IN THE WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE - FALL EDITION

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Congratulations to my husband
(Millard Harrell)

The 2014 Fall Issue of the Woodcarving Illustrated magazine (Fox Chapel Publishing Co.) with his article “Carve a Welcoming Wood Spirit” AND with a picture of his Wood Spirit is on the front cover.  Wow!  What an honor!


Front Cover



First page of article - page 37













Last page of article - page 43

He received an email from Woodcarving Illustrated in June  stating that they were getting the 2014 Fall Issue ready and Millard’s wood spirit instructional article would be in that magazine.
From Bob Duncan . .
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“Hi Millard,
We're finishing up preparing the article for our art department (we're planning on putting it in the Fall issue). As Mindy's making the final pass over the article, she commented that "Millard's instructions and photos are crazy good. We need more stuff from him."

So... I'm reaching out to see if and what you'd be interested in doing an article on for 2015. Furthermore, would you be interested in coming to our open house/woodworking show in 2015 (May 8-9) and teaching a class in facial anatomy?”

That folks is a prestigious honor in the field of woodcarving.  Millard is highly recognized nationally for his facial expressions – especially the eyes.

Millard did an article on carving Santa’s in the Holiday edition of Woodcarving Illustrated in 2010.
The news about it was on Millard’s Foundwood Carving blog.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BOOBY SUE


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Always Keep an Eye on Your Husband

A note from The Woodcarver's (Millard Harrell) wife . . . .

Well, Millard did it. He carved something that I didn’t know he was carving until it was almost done. He just said he was carving a “gag gift” or a “booby prize.”
A few nights ago, he brought it up to get my opinion. I couldn’t believe m
y eyes. I told him to get it finished and get it out of here as soon as he possibly could. (grin)
He had it finished last night and the grandchildren came in. Josh (13 yrs old) went down stairs and when he came up he was grinning. I said, “Well, what did you think of Bobby Sue?” He laughed and said, “Grandma, I didn't know you could carve things like that but if I could wood carve that is exactly what I would want to carve.” Jacob (age 12) & Jared (age 10) both just shook their heads and didn’t have anything to say. Jacey (9 yrs old) came up and said, “Grandma, Grandpa needs to put straps on it in the back. She is going to lose it all if he doesn’t. You need to go tell him.” Gwen's comment (our daughter) was . . . . "Did they tell you that was what they wanted?" Not!
When they left, Millard came up and said that Jacey was really beside herself and that "Bobby Sue really needed straps on her back. She insisted on me doing it. I couldn’t do it because it was completely finished.”
Millard took it to work the next morning and sold it immediately. That was the quickest he has ever sold a wood carving. He was just lucky. LOL!
I say “Bobby Sue” but for the last few days it has been “Booby Sue.”



  



Monday, March 24, 2014

THE 2014 LEPRECHAUN

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

PHOTOS OF THE CROSS BY DAVE LEIKER - EMPORIA, KS

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Dave took these professional pictures at St. Andrew's Church in Emporia, KS
Dave also produced the slide show of Carving a Santa.
You can click on the Santa at the top left of this page to watch this slide show
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Monday, January 6, 2014

CRUCIFIX FOR NASHOTAH HOUSE – NASHOTAH, WISCONSIN

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Nashotah House is a theological seminary in the Anglican tradition, concerned for the proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the mission of the Church in the world, the salvation of all people, and the worship of Almighty God.



I have carved many carvings from the Prairie Cottonwood Tree bark but most are wood spirits and such.  In considering this processional cross for use during the Lenten season, I naturally thought of the rough Cottonwood bark as a perfect medium for the project.  In looking through my stash of Cottonwood bark, of which I have a lot collected from various places around the Flint Hills, I found the bark that I thought was perfect for this project.  I had found this bark in a grove of trees where one of them had been struck by lightening that stripped the bark from the tree.  However, prior to being struck by lightening, cattle had sought out the grove of trees for protection from the cold in winter and probably, more especially, to seek the cool shade for relief from our hot sunny summers.  The cattle had rubbed against the bark of the tree, smoothing and burnishing it with the natural oil and fur of their hide until it was ribbed with flat ribs as oppose to the conical rough ribs that naturally appear on the tree bark.  I chose this bark for the cross because the “beasts of the field” had literally prepared it for Our Lord’s Body.

I have further smoothed it and applied a coat of finish, but the animals did most of the preparing of the wood where I will placed the Body of Jesus that I carved from bass wood.

I have yet to attach the cross to the baton and a few other finishing details of construction will make it complete.



The bark on the left is a picture of the normal Cottonwood bark I find to carve .
The bark on the right is the piece of bark that I used for this crucifix, "The cattle had rubbed against the bark of the tree, smoothing and burnishing it with the natural oil and fur of their hide until it was ribbed with flat ribs as oppose to the conical rough ribs that naturally appear on the tree bark.  I chose this bark for the cross because the “beasts of the field” had literally prepared it for Our Lord’s Body."

 
This was before "I  further smoothed it and applied a coat of finish,
but the animals did most of the preparing of the wood
where I will placed the Body of Jesus that I carved from bass wood."
 
 



Saturday, October 26, 2013

SUNFLOWER COTTONWOOD BARK CARVINGS - WOOD SPIRITS

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$75.00

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

GOTHIC RUINS WOOD SPIRITS

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The combination of 
Wood Spirits and Gothic architectural elements
have always drawn my interest.
Here is a series Gothic Ruins.
 
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#2
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This Woodspirit carved in cottonwood bark is unique because the bark from which it is carved is very hard.  This allowed me to include some detail in the carving that is usually not possible in a carving material like cottonwood bark, which is notorious for chipping, making finer detail attempts by the carver an exercise in maintaining control of his/her temper.