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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Philip Malenfant
North Pole, Alaska

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I live here in North Pole, Alaska, and I am a retired airline employee. I worked 35 years for an airline and after retiring I moved up here in God's country to be near my son and grandkids.

When I'm not hunting or fishing I like to pass the time doing wood carving. I have never taken any classes in woodworking or carving for that matter. I just picked up a few chisels one day and started to carve. I did a life-size statue of St. Nicholas for our Parish of St. Nicholas here in North Pole, and then have been doing fish for a time now. I enjoy the work, and don't have a shop. I just carve things in my heated garage.

I just carved two more small fish to add to my collection from basswood and the fins are done from balsa wood. All done with chisels and rasps and of course sandpaper. The first can be seen above and the second below.

The 747 model airplane below I made from spruce and some basswood also. A different project for me, the tires I did not make myself, those I bought, otherwise I made everything else. I painted freehand the airplane, wanted to include more detail, but my eyesight would not allow me to do that accurately so I declined. A good winter time project for up here in North Pole.

You can email Philip at pjm1@acsalaska.net .

Would you like to see your carvings in this column? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodcarving projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodcarving. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your carving work in a future issue!

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