Foundwood Carvings by Millard Harrell

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Carvings by Millard Harrell

 
 
 

 
 

Slide Show of Carving the 2009 Santa
produced by Dave Leiker

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I
have been fascinated with carving since I was a small boy, as I watched my great uncle (J. T. Harrell) and his customer friends whittle on a stick in front of his hardware store in  Paradise, Kansas.
He sold John Deere farm equipment and probably many deals were closed while whittling in front of his place of business.  Most of the time the "carving" ended with the stick or twig being reduced to a pile of shavings.  However, that was enough to spark an interest in carving that has lasted into my retirement years.

Like most young adults, I only carved intermittently as my wife, Onnalee, and I were developing our business and raising our children.  However, I did do some serious carving out of necessity when finances were short and Christmas was approaching.
 

 

 

 

About 15 years ago, I started attending the Woodcarving Rendezvous in Branson, MO.  Attending these, I had the opportunity to benefit from the instruction of John Engler, Jeff Phares, Ed Zinger, Randy Landon, Gerald Copeland, Gerald Sears and others.  Over the years I also have had the good fortune to attend the Rendezvous in Creede, CO, learning from Dave Stetson.  Also, fortunately our carving club in Elkhart, KS was able to have Stu Martin present a seminar.  Bill Butterfield is another carver that has, as recently as a year ago, offered valuable insights into carving.  All of these carvers have had a hand in forming my style and I am much indebted to each of them.

Recently I was asked to have special woodcarving classes at Flint Hills Technical College for nine weeks in Emporia, KS and I am open to teaching classes for area woodcarving clubs. I also have added a Santa Face Tutorial on my Web Site.This is an opportunity for me to revisit my earlier years in teaching.  I received a degree in Education from Fort Hays State (Fort Hays State University) some years ago and I am looking forward to teaching again in my retirement years.

Since I retired in 2002 I have carved much more and my small carving business is known as Foundwood Carvings, since I have basically developed my carving skills with "found wood", cottonwood bark in particular.

For a short time we had a shop in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  I sold many cottonwood bark carvings to people visiting that quaint little town. 

 
  Show me a cottonwood tree with thick bark, then I am inspired immediately to carve a wood spirit.

 A cottonwood tree that has been struck by lightening is this carver's delight.  Nature peels it from the trunk of the tree with no work for me.

 

 
 

I hope you enjoy browsing my web site and possibly you too will come under the spell of carving wood.

 

 
 

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