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Portfolio of Woodcarvings


These photos represent a sampling of the carvings that Peter has created over the years.  Click on a photo to enlarge the photo.

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Carving the images of Native Americans is something Peter has always found intriguing to do. These three were also cast in limited-edition bronzes.

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When a close friend asked Peter to carve a strong and defiant-looking Native American, this carving, only 1½ inches thick, was the result. (He normally would have used a piece of wood around 2-2½” thick, but all he had was this 1½” piece of wood at the time.) The in-progress photo of the finished Native American face carving alongside of it, gives you an idea of the steps involved in creating a finished carving.  The war bonnet design carved in an arrowhead is a carving that Peter also does using a thunderbird design. 

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Peter calls these carvings wizard or spirit faces. The photo on the left was done using a Harold Enlow pattern. You can see that the carving next to it is a take-off of Harold’s original pattern. The next “wizard” was done for a client who wanted a serious-looking carving of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. The last piece is called Silas Dent, named after a famous local hermit who once lived on an island off the west coast of Florida.   

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The old man of the sea is an early piece that Peter did several versions of. The caricature, aptly named “Monday Morning,” was a fun piece to do.  The bust named Snow on the Mountain was done in basswood that was oil stained a walnut shade and then waxed.  Peter prefers the look and feel of a carving with a wax finish.

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The portrait of Bo Derek was done from a photo of her from Playboy Magazine. The bust was done from photos of Ted Turner when Turner was racing yachts in the America’s Cup, and the piece was named The Wind Seeker. Peter always recommends making a clay model before tackling a difficult carving. The interesting note about these two carvings is that both were done entirely with the use of chisels and gouges. No sandpaper or files were used on either piece!

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