Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembering Gene Abdallah 1936-2019


It was an honor, a privilege, and a bit of a challenge to be commissioned to carve a caricature of the late Gene Abdalla to be presented at his party for retiring as U. S. Marshal in 1994.  The assignment by former honorary member of South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc., the honorable Frank Gibbs, was to show Gene attired as an old west marshal holding a hat with two bullet holes.  The end of his many years of service under President Reagan was supposedly due to shots fired by Sen. Daschle and Pres. Clinton. 

It was admittedly a boost to my ego to see glimpses of the carving on the KSFY news presentation remembering Gene Abdallah:
https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Remembering-Gene-Abdallah--564731712.html

A quote from Gene’s Obituary (well worth reading): “Former Governor Bill Janklow perhaps summed it up best when he stated: "Someday, years from now, historians will rediscover Gene Abdallah in the files. From all the official documents, they will learn a lot about him and discover both what most people know about Gene and what most people never knew about him. These historians will come to know that behind the biggest badge in South Dakota was the biggest heart in South Dakota.”
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/argusleader/obituary.aspx?n=gene-g-abdallah&pid=194344771&fhid=18053

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rescheduled Woodcarving Class

New dates (Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 9) and lower registration fee for 
Basic Woodcarving and Whittling class being offered by Sioux Falls Com Ed: 
 Basic Woodcarving and Whittling

Projects offered for chip carving and ball-in-cage spoon with typical carving knives

Monday, April 15, 2019

Flat Plane Figure Carving with Harley Refsal

Nathan Schmidt, the youngest of nine students, shows promise of becoming one of the world's best wood carvers  

Brother and sister enjoyed three days of carving together

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Artist of the Plains Art Show and Sale

Another 2nd Place 3-D Best of Show for SDWC Treasurer, Arne Bortnem
(I may have had a bit too much homemade rhubarb wine..)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving April 4-6, 2019 with Harley Refsal

The Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, IA, is offering a class to be held in Sioux Falls this coming April.  The location for this class is:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 909 W 33rd St, Sioux Falls, SD

For more details and registration see: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving April 4-6, 2019 with Harley Refsal

Watch a video about Harley: Life 0f A Knife

Article in Woodcarving Magazine: 2012 Woodcarver of the Year