Saturday, December 5, 2015

Newsday article...

Monday, October 5, 2015

What Is Pakkawood?

eHow Contributor 

Pakkawood, also sold as Staminawood, Colorwood, Dymondwood and compreg, is an engineered wood/plastic composite material commonly used in knife handles and other objects that see rough wear. It can closely resemble conventional wood, or come in a range of bright colors. According to Jay Fisher, a professional knifemaker, this phenolic-impregnated wood is currently made primarily by Rutland Plywood Corp. and sold under the Dymondwood trademark.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What Is It?

What Is It?  
The problem with writing a coherent essay on any item is that generally the writer is somewhat at a disadvantage. Make one mistake or perhaps use a regional name for the description and the switchboard lights up with corrections from almost all points on the planet. I do not know whether that is reflective of the market penetration of the Lee Valley newsletter or the fact that there are some pretty sharp readers out in the Ethernet just looking for some action. Well, I may have struck gold this time, folks.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

OCTOBER Meeting 2015

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday
OCT 13, 2015... at 7:20 PM

N. Massapequa Community Ctr
214 North Albany Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758

Wednesday, August 5, 2015



These Look Like Simple Walnuts, But...


The 16th Century:
In addition to tiny, beautiful prayer books and rosary beads, people of the past liked to express their love of religion and beauty with objects known as prayer nuts. They were carved from wood.
Prayer nuts were mainly produced in northern
Europe during the 16th century.
​ O​nly the wealthy could afford them.
The outsides alone were marvelously carved with intricate designs, including text. Everything was held in place with wooden hinges carved right into the piece. These prayer nuts would usually be attached to

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What Is It?

Big Bird, It Is Not 

Nature has always provided the impetus and reference for many innovations in the manufacturing and design process. In some cases, the construction of an item mimics a natural form. In others, the replication merely simulates the natural form or function. When first presented with this item, I was struck by the similarity (it seemed at the time) to a prehistoric bird, wrongly named the pterodactyl. You know – the scary one that is always depicted on the big screen. The actual name for this bird is pteranodon, it being a member of the pterosaur family. What caused the comparison was the reverse horn on the head of the bird. I found the shape of this tool to be strikingly similar, and could not shake the thought that the original designer may have been thinking along those lines.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Carving Tool Rack

Carving Tool Rack (on a budget)

by William Russo
 I found  an article in WoodCarving Illustrated showing how you can make a tool rack for your work area. For about $7 I made the one here. A  2’ long piece of 1” pvc, a pr of  T ‘s for the base, a pr of elbows and I bought a little more of the 1” tube to make the rack higher if I wanted to.
The holes are from ½” to almost 1”( for the fat handled Flex knives.) I drilled through so the blades show. Easier to select the right tool. I guess with a little thought you could make a carrying handle or even a double rack if you have a lot of tools to carry.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


This pair of ospreys, whom Tommy named George and Gracie, reside on the North Fork of Long Island during the summer. They were first spotted in 2014, perching on top of an old television tower located on Tommy’s property. Tommy had a wooden platform installed on the top to encourage the pair to build a nest, and sure enough, it worked. He also set up a video camera to be able to get a unique, up-close view of the birds in their nest.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Berlin secretary cabinet, 1778–79, 1786
David Roentgen (German, 1743–1807)

Oak, pine, walnut, mahogany, cherry, and cedar, veneered with curly maple, burl maple and mahogany (both stained), and with marquetry in maple (partially stained), hornbeam, apple, walnut, mulberry, tulipwood, and rosewood; ivory, mother-of-pearl, gilt bronze, brass, steel, iron, and silk

141 3/8 x 59 7/8 x 34 5/8 in. (359 x 152 x 88 cm)
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (O-1962,24) (L.2013.15.1)

The Berlin secretary cabinet represents possibly not only the greatest achievement of the Roentgen workshop, but is also arguably the most

Monday, May 4, 2015


This is a pretty simple and clear video as to how to transfer a photo to wood...enjoy!
click here  Also check this out CLICK HERE (more detail)

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.

Click Here

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.

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