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Here's My Woodcarving!
By Al Sneller
Overland Park, KS


My woodworking journey started many years ago. Ever since I was a boy I loved making wooden projects. I grew up on a farm and occasionally we would hire a carpenter for building projects and I always jumped right in and helped him regardless how simple or complex the project. After High School I worked for a construction company building houses, but I also had a passion for law enforcement so when the opportunity came along, I took it and served in the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department for nearly 30 years and retired at the rank of Major.

After retirement from the Police Department I finally had the opportunity to pursue my woodworking interests. I enjoy making projects, gifts, auction items for charity fundraisers, and retirement plaques for the officers who are retiring from the Police Department. I also volunteer for Hope Builders--a local organization dedicated to assisting disabled/partially disabled persons who want to continue to live in their homes by building them ramps, widening doorways, making bathrooms functional for their condition, and various other repairs. Basically, I am enjoying my retirement by doing anything that generates sawdust!


The carvings above and below are made from basswood. The heart was pre-finished with a dark stain and after carving it, I applied a light oak stain to the heart. For the photo carving I started with a plain, untreated board and just applied some linseed oil to it.


Al can be reached directly via email at alsneller86@gmail.com.

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