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Rabbit is done!

Oh my ears and whiskers, this took far too long. A not-so-difficult chainsaw project that underwent massive scope creep. But I’m happy with the results!

Also, on a more practical level (and much less time-consuming), here’s a set of salad servers:

Salad servers

And now, time to get back to the book… New post on that coming soon.



It’s been a while, but I’m back here with a new post, and introducing my new carving, Contendium ─ a portmanteau name built from the French conte and the English/Latin compendium. When finished, it will be an open-book collage of fairy tale imagery.

One of the things that drives most carvers crazy is being asked, “How long did that take you?” When you work a couple of hours here and a few there, over months or even years, it’s virtually impossible to keep track.

With Contendium, I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to answer that question. What I’m doing is taking a picture every eight hours or so and calling it a “day”.

Here are the pictures from Day 2, Day 6 and just an hour or two shy of Day 10. You can also follow my progress, and see all of the days, on Instagram, at illicitdiamond.

Contendium - Day 2

Contendium – Day 2

Contendium - Day 6

Contendium – Day 6

Contendium - Day 10

Contendium – Day 10



Grendel in wood

Grendel, basswood, approx. 3″

Here’s the latest: a miniature Grendel. This piece was really satisfying to carve — not just because it turned out well, but because:

  • it was quick to carve with hand tools
  • it would be easy to scale up as a chainsaw piece.

Could be the first of many more carved dogs to come!

Grendel in the flesh

Grendel in the flesh


Just in time for Hallowe’en…

Here’s a carving from Tony Endhoven.

Alas, Poor Yorick (Reprise) - Tony Endhoven

Alas, Poor Yorick (Reprise) – carving by Tony Endhoven

Tony was the featured carver at this year’s Magic in Wood Competition and Show, October 18-19, in Pickering.

Largely self-taught, Tony has been carving seriously for 30 years. Over the years he’s won Best-In-Show awards in Ottawa and Hamilton, as well as in Pickering. Recently, he taught a seminar for the first time, and looks forward to teaching again.

The carvings he put on display in Pickering reflected his broad scope as a carver – everything from caricature, to realistic relief, to carvings in the round.

Stamp - carving by Tony Endhoven

Stamp – carving by Tony Endhoven

Members of the Ontario Wood Carvers Association will find an article about Tony and his carvings in the upcoming winter issue.