Carving Classes Starting soon

student carvings in progress

Spring carving classes are starting  October 2021

Only basic tools are required to get started.
The course will be held on Wednesdays, however depending on demand, it changes occasionally according to on the needs of the students.  Classes have a minimum of 4 and a max. of 8 students.  If there are enough beginners I run a separate class for them.  They run from 7-9 pm in the evening at my shop at 2320 Shirley Rd south of Port Perry.

Please call if you would like to discuss details. 905-982-0333
The Classes are very informal and relaxed.  Everyone works at there own pace.

Cockle shell cabinet

100_0111This cockle shell cabinet was made for Baywood interiors who installed it at a St. Francis of Assisi school.

Constructed of solid oak the cockle shell is 5 feet wide and 30 inches deep and weight several hundred pounds when completed.  The carving required almost 250 board the of 2 inch thick red oak.  The project required a week of lamination and two weeks of carving by hand before the construction of the rest of the bent wood cabinet.  Photos of the cockle shell can be seen on Baywood interiors website in there portfolio section at  Here is the You tube link to the construction.

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8 Basic Steps to Successful Woodcarving

  1. dan on scaffoldDecide what you want to carve.
  2. Make a scale drawing or plan for that carving.
  3. Find a piece of wood that suites that carving (size and material).
  4. Transfer your drawing or plan to the piece of wood.
  5. Roughing out or grounding.
  6. Modelling.
  7. Detailing.
  8. Finishing.

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My Bear

finished bear

Believe or not after almost 20 years in business this is the first time that I’ve been asked to to carve a bear.  The customer was looking for something more than a chainsaw bear.   I tried to add a little bit of life and character into this carving of the juvenile black bear.  On the base he stands about 6 feet tall. He is carved from a Tamarac log and finished the sikkens exterior oil-based stain.


Windsor Desk

I am continually to getting the opportunity to build new and interesting items.  I most enjoy the challenge of building something which I have never done before.   The following is an account of one of my more interesting and challenging projects.

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Kevlar Boats

I am no longer offering boats for sale.  Weighing in at around 95lbs, the Kevlar version of the Adirondack Style Guideboat from Dan Gallagher Carving and Woodwork has all the functionality and versatility of a canoe, as well as increased stability and the efficiency and grace of a row boat. All the beauty of our ‘traditional boats’ but with the extreme durability and ease of care of Kevlar.

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Wooden Boats (no longer on offer)

Weighing in at around 60lbs, the wooden Adirondack style Guideboats from Dan Gallagher Carving and Woodwork has all the functionality and versatility of a canoe but also has the stability, efficiency and grace of a rowboat.

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Boat promo video