Wood carvings by Fred Cogelow

Posted By on July 24, 2011

sculpture by Fred Cogelow

“Maddening Disposition” aka: “Takes more’n one wumin to drive a good man nuts”

These sculptures are carved by Fred Cogelow from Willmar, Minnesota, U.S.
Fred Cogelow
Fred Cogelow was born in 1949.
In 1971 B.A. Political Science, University of Chicago.
Full-time carver since 1978.

Fred Cogelow is completely self-taught reductive carver or as he puts it: “Self-taught in the discipline of esthetically dis-associating wood-fibbers.”

Fred Cogelow’s first contact with the sculpting, in his own words:
“My first endeavor in reductive sculpture was an assignment to carve a Scotty dog out of Ivory soap in third grade.
Attempting to develop excessive detail with a dull table knife, one of the legs was broken.
The teacher, responding to a polite inquiry as to the possibility of mending, confiscated both dog and implement, exclaiming, “It’s obvious you’ll never be a carver!”

Fred Cogelow has a great sense of humor, which is well seen in his works and in his explanations.
For example he sed about his sculpture “Taste the Soup of Madness” : “A delightfully lyrical ode to the phantasmorphic rutabaga.”

The BIO by Fred Cogelow (Not edited):
“Most folks are a good deal less interesting than the stories told about them, and it leads to considerable hesitancy to dispel the notions in circulation.”

Fred Cogelow aka Fredgelow Somebody (Everybody loves Somebody…sometime) one day hopes to be remembered as “the artist formerly known as ‘somebody’.

If you are interested seeing over 70 of his best pieces and reading about Fred’s development from a beginner woodworker to an accomplished artist of international fame,
you can purchase his book “Sculptor in Wood: The Collected Woodcarvings of Fred Cogelow”.

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6 Responses to “Wood carvings by Fred Cogelow”

  1. Don says:

    I just have to say you find some of the BEST Wood Working Artist to share! This work is OUTSTANDING! I’d love to have some of it in my home! Probably couldn’t afford the smallest piece, but they all, for the most part, look GREAT!

    Thanks for sharing them with us!


  2. Ted Fagan says:

    These carvings are amazing and Fred is a great teacher also. I have one of Fred’s carvings in my home and my recommendation is – buy one and you will enjoy it forever.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carrie McCabe says:


    I saw your incredible woodcarving at the State Fair this year! All I can say is AMAZING. You are so incredibly talented. Everyday I think of the elderly woman and long to win the lottery so I can have you make me one! Your art is spectacular.

    Thanks for sharing your talents with the world.

    Carrie McCabe

    • Shanna says:

      That carving is of my grandmother and I SOOOO wish I could win the lottery so I could purchase it. He also did a carving of my grandfather but not life size. However, it is just as amazing.

  4. Bob Swanson says:

    I recently viewed the work of Fred Cogelow at the Swedish American Institute in Minneapolis. I was most fond of a printed theme for one of his works. The theme was Oh Wooden Eye. I did not copy of words as I thought I could pick them up from the internet. I have not been able to locate the words and am hopeful you can supply the words for me. Thank you.

  5. Sonya Theriault says:

    Hi Fred,

    Please contact me regarding a custom job. Your work is beautiful.

    Thank you,

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