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I AM NOT AN APPRAISER and will reject most questions of this sort.....I am am passionate woodcarver and historian, I place no weight on monetary value. I can answer most questions, regarding, wood sculpture, wood carving, carving tools and accessories and different types of woods. I am not an appraiser of carvings nor an antique dealer. Most carvings are unsigned and otherwise anonymous and most carvers were independent artists and craftsmen of whom no records were kept. It is usually not possible to tell you who carved it, where it was carved or how much it is worth.

Experience in the area

I do full design work, custom carving, restoration, fabrication, repair and refinishing. I can take a piece of raw wood and turn it into a work of art and I can help you do the same. I am "the" carving instructor for the new york city parks dept. I am heavily involved in carving on the internet and belong to many, many mail lists which are quite active. I am also an international promoter of woodcarving and am affiliated with many master carvers, notably nora hall, originally from holland, now in the U.S. and kalina pavlova, a bulgarian master carver. I routinely communicate with the top names in professional woodcarving nationally and internationally.

Organizations

the national association of woodcarvers. the woodcarvers of queens NY, the staten island woodcarvers. the northeast woodcarving association. the world wide carving internet list

Publications

chip chats-the national magazine of woodcarving. also at www.carvinginnyc.com

Education/Credentials

Self taught artist and sculptor, 40 years of drawing and painting as a hobby, 10 years of serious woodsculpting. I have a website and have written a 300 pg book on carving. I have published online tutorials and pictorial projects.

Awards and Honors

many first place awards

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Woodcarving is one of the oldest crafts known to man. Man has practiced woodcarving since the dawn of the age of reason.

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Recent Answers from maura macaluso

2016-12-07 Wood face carving:

Hi Judy,  yes. Oil can help to preserve your carving and also bring out the beauty of the figure and grain of the wood.  You want to use boiled linseed oil or walnut oil available at most hardware or art

2016-03-26 Small painted horse carving:

Hi Debby, The carver is unknown to me. This horse is an example of scandanavian flat plane carving, a type of folk art popular in the woodcarving world.  Type Harvey Refsal and dala horse into a search

2014-03-25 Oberammergau wood carvings:

Hi Laurie....the typical wood used in Bavaria is lindenwood but the grain lines lead me to believe it might be a golden oak.  It is very difficult to identify wood by a photo.  I suggest you visit a good

2014-01-27 Madonna and Child 40 inch full round statue:

Paul,   Beautiful carving..so many talented carvers in Bavaria that i cannot possibly assign an artist to the carving.  please contact josef albl.  this family has been carving in Oberammergau for centuries

2013-04-13 African wood carving:

Hi Stefanie, replying to let you know I received your question.....yes please send me more pictures...close up of the top where you might think swordfish.....pic of the back.......is the rope original

 

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