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Here's My Woodcarving!
By Jason Uhl
Smithville, OH

My name is Jason Uhl. I live immediately outside the small town of Smithville Ohio, thirty minutes from The Football Hall of Fame just to give everyone an idea of my geographical surroundings. I'm a proud husband, and a very proud dad. I love to work with my hands and can frequently be found chipping at something, sanding something, painting, grinding, carving or burning something.

As far back as I can remember, my grandfather was a woodcarver. His name was Earl Emler. My first carving (the flower carved in the knot of wood) was carved for him. A kind of dedication you could say. My second carving (the "Saint" that lays in his own woodchips) was a birthday gift for my oldest daughter. It is meant to watch over and remind her she is eternally loved. The "Infinity Mirror" was a gift to my younger daughter, a reminder of what we've been through together and that we will walk together forever. The "Persian King" is the first piece to an unfinished chess set.

The geographical location i mentioned earlier allows me to have access to Banded Slate or "Bannerstone" which has been used by natives for centuries to carve tools and weapons. This allows me to expand my carving abilities to other platforms than just wood.

All of the carvings I do have some kind of meaning. Whether it's a symbol of love, or an ancient symbol of peace and knowledge. They are all carved and designed to shed a tiny light. To lift up. To carry. Inspire. Remind. I hope you enjoy.

I'm pretty new to woodcarving and am always looking for inside tips. Maybe some good ideas for exotic woods, staining techniques, etc. Please feel free to email me. I will always appreciate it. I plan to keep carving and will share more stuff as I finish it. Anyone who carves knows that patience is a must. So it may be awhile.

Jason can be reached directly via email at jasonbradlyuhl@gmail.com .

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