26th Annual Richmond Carvers Society Carving Show

David Phillips of the Richmond Carvers Society would like us to remind all our talented wood carver customer about their upcoming show:

2015-Poster-medThe 26th annual Richmond Carvers Society’s Carving Show will again be held at the Steveston Community Centre in Richmond, BC on:

Saturday 30th May and Sunday 31st May 2015

Last year more than 770 people viewed the 243 carvings exhibited by 94
carvers. Please help us to exceed last year’s numbers.

All information, the prospectus and entry forms are available on the RCS
website: www.RichmondCarvers.com .

Please plan to exhibit, attend and support our show.

Amazingly Detailed Wood Chip Sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

Russian artist Sergei Bobkov creates truly unique wood sculptures, so-life like it’s incredible. He uses wood from a Siberian tree, a type of red cedar, and soaks the chips in water for several days.


These intricate sculptures takes him about 6 months working 10 hours a day. What is even more incredible is that he was offered $17,000 for a piece and declined, saying his art is “not for sale”. Proof his work feeds his soul, not his pocket book, and we find that refreshing!



For more photos visit this gallery page.

Photo source: Sergei Bobkov via Reddit

Jan’s Day Off: The Tree Bench


We purchased a Chinese Pepper tree about 20+ years ago.  The tree flourished and grew with the exception of some significant branches that didn’t survive this past winter; one of our many winter casualties this year.  Shelley trimmed them and left along the drive way; hoping it might catch the eye of someone for removal.  And someone did!  However, that person, being a true wood addict, thought some use could be found.  It took a week of walking past these branches before I came up with the idea of a tree bench.

This past Sunday afternoon, after “Shelley” chores J I spent an hour in my shop.  I used the ‘develop-as-you-go’ design process.  And one hour later, voila, my tree bench now sits outside the Flooring Gallery – Joel’s habitat.  Beyond Joel, it attracts birds…………….and other assorted folk.  In its natural environment, it’s the host plant for several of Japan’s indigenous swallowtail butterfly species.  We see this in the garden at home throughout the summer.   And the bench is quite nice to sit on!

Also known as a Japanese pepper and Japanese prickly ash; botanically it is “Zanthoxylum piperitum”.  It is a deciduous aromatic spiny shrub/small tree with a distinctly citrus smell to the leaves.  Wicked spikes!!  The plant is important commercially.  The pulverized mature fruit (peppercorns) is the standard spice for sprinkling on broiled eel.  It is also one of the seven main ingredients of the blended seven spice called shichimi.  In all the year we’ve had this tree; it only developed the peppercorns once.  Sadly, we didn’t realize we had a viable cash crop at that time, and every year since we cross our fingers.

tree-bench up close



Ove Nielsen’s Ship Model

Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars’ Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.


In Ove’s words:

The name of the Ship is   ” M/V. Falcon Rock ” 1/2 ” scale, its about 25″ long, it is a Fisheries Patrol boat anno 1960, it is in private owner ship for the  past 12 years and it is at the moment down in Cowichan Bay. It took about 400 Hrs to make, so I was burning the candle in both ends.

Sculptures by Tim Motchman

Tim was kind enough to give us photos of several of his beautiful sculptures. He describes him and his art as such:

I am a self taught woodcarver living in the small, beautiful village of Sointula on an island off North Vancouver Island.  My work is an expression of a my love and fascination of the coastal world around me.  I take great joy in my art and in particular the constant learning.  I feel as if I have been constantly learning since I started carving 29 years ago with a swiss army knife sitting on a beach while cruising the coast by kayak.  I have always pursued my art as a way of making an income as a means of living in this remote part of the coast.  I work primarily in yellow cedar which I can obtain locally, I also use red cedar, yew wood, maple, alder and black walnut.

Here’s a bit more detail on each piece:

1. “Affection” was carved of one piece of yellow cedar and then painted with acrylic paint.  The carving measures 48″ long by 20″ high by 4″ thick.

2. “Leap of Faith”  22” in diameter by 3” thick.  Red cedar wave and yellow cedar dolphin.

3. “Celebration” humpback whales and dolphins was carved out of one piece of yellow cedar measuring 72” long by 24” high by 3” thick.

4. “Soaring” is 82” wingtip to wingtip (life size) 32” from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail, and 10” thick.  The wings and body were carved from one piece of red cedar, the head, tail and talons were carved on yellow cedar and laminated to the body during the carving process.  The carving is suspended from the ceiling and spins slowly in the air currents in its home in Maui.

The last 3 photos are taken by Jan & Shelley of Tim’s work at the Nimmo Bay Resort.

Contact Tim Motchman through his website:

You can find a list of all our available carving woods. Happy carving!