Thursday, April 16, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carved from the Desert

Mesquite vase by Philip Moulthrop, 2014.

A family of artistic woodworkers from Georgia turns its attention to Sonoran trees and cactuses for a new exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Joe Cella In The Florida Keys

By Bill Russo

I remembered reading about the Joe Cella Award presented to an
outstanding wood carver by the LIWCA. I saw Joe's  name on a ribbon at an
art show at the Key Largo Public Library. He must have done some good
things down here as both a wood carver and as a good person. An artist
had painted an ostrich egg with scenes from the Keys and was awarded a
prize. I then went into the library itself because there was a wood egret
done by him.
Pictures are attached. I thought you might enjoy seeing
these. Bill

Joe Cella was a well-known and well-liked artist who specialized in woodcarvings of birds in nature.  He was born in Long Island, New York in a home that his grandfather built.  He became an apprentice for a furniture maker when he was a teenager. Then he attended college and later taught shop and wood working to high school students. Joe was a member of The Long Island Woodcarvers Association for many years.
 He retired to the Florida Keys continuing his love of art with full time carving of birds found in our natural surroundings.  He was nationally known for his art; most known for staining each piece carefully so that the natural wood grain could show through. Joe was a wonderful gentleman as well as an outstanding artisan. You may view one of his "birds" which is on permanent display at the Key Largo Library.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Antique Decoy, Fishing & Sporting Collectibles Show

Duck Decoy Shows 2013

Long Island Decoy Collectors Association
44th Annual
Antique Decoy, Fishing & Sporting Collectibles Show
Saturday, March 7th 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
IBEW Union Hall
#370 Vanderbilt/Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY
Admission: $7.00

When Broadbill was King on the Great South Bay

From the East - L.I. Expressway 495 to exit 55. Right onto MP/67, thru light to #370             IBEW Hall, Vanderbuilt/Motor Parkway, 5th on right.
From the West - L.I. Expressway 495 to exit 55 to Motor Parkway. Thrugh Light to #370       IBEW HAll, Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy. Hall on right.

Attendance or Vendor Information:
Timothy R. Sieger -b 631-537-0153
Richard La Fountain - 631-725-2034
Dick Richardson - 631-475-4199

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meeting Dates for th Year


 Carving Mtg                                                 Open Carving

April       14 Tuesday                                      22 Wednesday
May        12 Tuesday                                      20 Wednesday
June         9 Tuesday                                        17 Wednesday

SUMMER BREAK----------------------------------------------------- 

Sept        8 Tuesday                                        16 Wednesday
Oct         13 Tuesday                                      21 Wednesday
Nov         10  Tuesday                                     18 Wednesday
Dec          8 Tuesday                                        16 Wednesday

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy New Year.....!

Basswood Carving Block - 1.75" x 1.75" x 10"This blank block of wood symbolizes the beginning of a new year filled with unknown possibilities.  Every carving project begins in a new block of wood that awaits the carver’s tools of inspiration, creative ideas and ability to try. ...HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all...  Ed

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Potato Wood ...?!

Potato Wood Review by Steve Tomashek 


I like wood, some of my favorite trees are made of it; so when I was approached to try a new carving material made from potato starch my first thought was: what’s wrong with wood?  Now I’m pretty sure there are some fundamentalist “whoodlers” out there who will never try the stuff but I’m attracted to shiny new things as much as the next bird.

Rooster and Chickens
Rooster and Chicks

The smartest feature of this stuff is that water acts like glue for it.  When wet, the surface becomes first slippery, then sticky, and in a matter of 15 minutes there forms a glossy bond that is slightly harder than the material itself.  Carving it is a breeze; the light and uniform layers form a grain that is surprisingly strong in all directions.