Carver Carvings

Ijamsville,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: 629

After a career as a Ph.D. physicist, I made a “right-brain/left-brain” transition. Now my profession conforms to my name: I am a Carver who is a carver. I use hand-held power tools to create stylized carvings of birds and vases in a variety of woods, especially American chestnut and other recycled or “vintage,” woods. I capture the features of the birds while simultaneously displaying the beauty of the wood with its natural color and grain patterns. My goal is to connect people with the wood.


  • Chestnut Great Horned Owl
    Great horned owl carved in a log of American chestnut wood....

  • The owl is carved into a log of American chestnut wood.  It is 19 inches tall and is finished with four coats of polyurethane varnish.
  • Exploring Nuthatches
    This is a wall hanging made from American chestnut wood. The nuthatches are lyptus wood....

  • Unlike woodpeckers, nuthatches walk around on trees always facing the direction they are walking.  (Woodpeckers always face up, even when they are going down,)  Because of this ability, my carved nuthatches can be more easily posed on interesting pieces of wood. This wall hanging, made from American chestnut and lyptus woods, is 17 inches tall, 12 inches wide, and about 5 1/2 inches deep.  
  • Spalted Eagle
    The "Spalted Eagle" is carved from a log of spalted American sycamore wood. It is finished with four coats of polyurethane varnish....

  • The hand-carved "Spalted Eagle" is about 19 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter.  Spalting is the first stage in the decay process when fungi first invade the wood, causing staining and movement of minerals.  The wood is still hard but has interesting patterns of lines and sometimes colors.  
  • Maple Red-tailed Hawk
    This is a two-thirds-size red-tailed hawk carved in Norway maple wood. It is finished with four coats of polyurethane varnish....

  • The wood for this carving is Norway maple and comes from a burl-like area in the fork of the tree.  As a result, the wood is very hard and has an inclusion that required extra work and imagination.  But the wood is unusual and the result is dramatic!
  • Vases
    These are unique dry vases turned from old fence posts, reclaimed barn wood, and recently cut trees. They are "dry" because they will not hold water but are great for dried arrangements or silk flowers....

  • These vases are a variety of reclaimed and new woods.  Many of the vases made from old fence posts and fence rails are American chestnut and black locust woods. These woods were used widely in the past (before pressure treated wood)  bacause they do not readily decay.