Saturday, July 16, 2016

“Spruce Girls”

Wooden bathing suits, supposed to make swimming a lot easier. Haquian, Washington, USA, 1929
 “Spruce Girls” 
on beach wearing spruce wood veneer bathing suits during “Wood Week” to promote products of the Gray Harbor lumber industry, Hoquiam, Washington”

Wooden swimsuits. Look your best on the beach with these wooden bathing costumes in Haquin, Washington, 1929. The contraptions, which do not look comfortable, were made to make swimming easier. Luckily the trend did not catch on.




A group of unknown bathing beauties. Date and photographer unknown.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Feather Thing

       Eagle Head Feather Thing

       I really didn’t know what else to call it.I stumbled across it on the internet and I thought it looked interesting and not particularly difficult or time consuming.

       I had a thin sheet of basswood, a bandsaw, the necessary wood carving knives and v tools plus the paint. I even had a wood burning tool.
       So I made one..but I didn’t like how the wood burning turned out..So I made another..and another and even another..

       So now they’re getting better…but what are they and what does one do with these Eagle Head Feather Things?

       Anyway, they’re fun to make and pretty easy too.The hard part is figuring out what they are and what to do with them…I guess you can always write about them……I guess...until next time, Bill Russo >)))'>

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Panama Carvers

The Panama Carvers Gather Today 7-7-16

       First, Bob from Whitestone wore one…and today Harvey came in with one…and I heard others asking where they could get one. I heard “Dollar Tree” so guess what? I now have a Panama hat and I also bought an extra one. Someone is sure to want a Panama Carving Hat…and they’re guaranteed to be offered for sale in the Carving Illustrated Magazine and on line. Everything can be bought on line.

       I sat next to Tom the peach pit carver. I took out my next project. I plan to  make something like this for my granddaughter Lauren. She’s a dancer.. I have the old shoes…It’s a start.

After almost two hours of carving under the watchful eye of Ed

Friday, July 1, 2016

Thursday's Carving

The Harriette Carter Lamp Day
by Bill Russo
      I had just finished two carvings..The Boy Scout and High Noon, I painted them and waxed them and I polished them too. I carried them over to the table where Ed and Dan were working away on something or other..

      “These are coming along nicely,” said Ed
      “Yeah..They’re going to be beautiful when you’re done”, said Dan.
      “They are done”, I said.
      “Oh” said Ed..
      “Oh” said Dan.
      “Bastards” I thought…and then I sat down and had a good laugh along with a few guys who heard the exchange..Mel, in particular, enjoyed it.
      And that’s one of the things to expect when you are showing your work to really, really good carvers…They’re honest…. Still, Things are improving with each piece…I think.
      Just then

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Know Your Sawdust and Woodchips...

Read all about it: click here

Brooklyn's Biggest Tree Gets a Second Life

When a massive European Elm tree in Prospect Park died in late 2015, the NYC Parks Department asked RE-CO BKLYN to mill it into lumber and make furniture from it.  Most of NYC’s felled trees get chipped and sent to a landfill that is often hundreds of miles away. Turning this material into lumber and furniture cuts down on the environmental burden of disposal and stimulates the local economy.

 The century and a half old tree was located near a footpath at the intersection of Coney Island and Caton Ave. It was planted circa 1870, shortly after construction on the park began. Over the course of the tree’s life it grew beyond 7 feet in diameter and more than 75 feet in height.
 The rest of the story:  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My First Time at the Monday Carving Session by Bill Russo

May Competition 2016 by B. Russo

Woodburning! .... (a short story)

pointers about wood burning at the Monday session. He was
great at it and I asked him if he could show me how it was

Mel was here when I arrived, wood burner already hot
and the smell of smoking basswood was in the air. He was
adding hair to a chimpanzee carving. These are of a gorilla.
I settled into my spot, took out the bear and began to
pencil in some general lines that flowed in the directions that
I thought looked proper.

“Lines too short..make them a little longer…good…good. “
said Jerry.