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Here's My Woodcarving/Woodworking!
By Ken Vickets
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

I have been a creative individual all my life. I'm an accomplished woodworker, landscape painter, and artistic designer, as well as an avid nature and bird lover. At 68 (what I call "middle age"), I now combine all of my skills into the creation of award-winning wildfowl carvings and quality custom boxes.

During my career as a Commercial Interior Designer, I worked with many cabinet shops on the production of custom furniture I designed. Those associations promoted me to try my hand at my own woodworking. Bitten by the bug it became a lifelong hobby. The advent of "Prosumer quality Tools" started me on my first project - one that never is finished! My garage workshop!

A view of the "never ending project!" - My Shop

Working in my shop I create lifetime keepsakes and competition quality carvings. I'm a keen competitor in wildfowl carving competitions, and I've received many "Best Of..." ribbons for my work as well as winning the "People's Choice" awards at numerous shows!
Basswood and Acrylic Paint - Saw Whet owl and "friend". Title: Let's do lunch sometime!

I like like to carve local birds that I can watch and study! Their expressions, poses and movements are important to me. Also the precision required to attempt to duplicate a marvel of nature in a piece of Basswood or Tupelo, and then finish with Acrylic paint always appeals to me.

A present for my grandaughter

I also enjoy the challenge of performing the same amount of exact fitting to a luxury wooden box. Those "no fill allowed" joints can be elusive but so satisfying when achieved.

Indian Rosewood, with Padauk and Maple inlays. Catalytic lacquer finish

Woodwork has always been a hobby for me - never a career. Now that I am in retirement, this hobby is keeping my days interesting and lively. I enjoy passing what I have learned along to the younger generation in hopes that they will receive as much enjoyment from this fine old craft as I have.

Granddaughter learning the basics...she’s 9

I love the challenge of trying new techniques and sometimes designing “on the go!” I have always believed that if you love what you do that it never feels like a job. Now.....if I could only get more days into a week (I think 9 would suit me) then I could achieve maybe half of the projects that exist in my head.”

Robin and chicks - Basswood and Acrylic paint

I finally got my ducks in a row!

Antique style carvings on replica ammunition box I made. Wood turned shotgun shells.
Cedar and Acrylic paint

Work in progress...1 Blue Winged Teal Drake. Tupelo carving

Work in progress...2 Blue Winged Teal Drake. Painting detail

Blue Winged Teal Drake...Tupelo and Acrylic

Snowy Owl...Tupelo and Acrylic

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