Saturday, March 05, 2016

Carving Project for J. F. Nordlie Pipe Organ Builders

All ten pipe shade "blanks" to be carved for the new pipe organ being built for the Cathedral in New Ulm, MN,  have been delivered to my shop. The curved shades, six in all, were built from 1/16 inch thick basswood strips, glued together and pressed into a form at the J. F. Nordlie Co. organ building facility at 504 S Charlotte Ave.  As soon as the carvings are done, they will be gilded in gold leaf.

The whole project is a bit behind schedule, but I'm hoping that any further delay won't be the fault of my not getting the carving done on time...I may have to give up my morning nap and restrict my afternoon nap to just 20 minutes.

Work in Progress:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Work Begins!


Developing a full sized pattern (scribble and erase, erase and scribble) for two of the five upper pipe shades to adorn the new J. F. Nordlie pipe organ now being built for the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Church in New Ulm, MN.  Eventually these pipe shades, carved in basswood, will be gilded with gold leaf such as those we did for the Chapel Organ in the Moravian Church in Kernersville, NC:

 J. F. Nordlie Organ - Opus 50.

Friday, February 05, 2016

New Web Site

It was a pleasure to meet a young lady at our January third Saturday  meeting of the S D Woodcarvers, Inc. who was about as new to wood carving as anyone can get.  We gave her a sharp whittling knife and a piece of wood and expected her to go to work. But she really did not even know how to hold the knife and make the first cut.  We more experienced carvers find it sometimes difficult to explain how to do what has become almost second nature, but here is a website that really gets down to the basics:
Whittling WoodCarving

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another Dear Friend and Club Member has Passed Away




G. Verne Luke, age 92, died on Monday, January 11, 2016 at The Good Samaritan Society Village in Sioux Falls.  Until just a few months ago, he was a very active member of the S. D. Woodcarvers, regularly attending meetings and ready to offer wit and wisdom.  We shall miss him very much.

See his life legacy at George Boom Funeral Home