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.

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.