Restorations from Portugal

Posted By on January 5, 2010

Pedro Rodrigues da CostaThese 18th and 19th century furniture pieces are restored by Pedro Rodrigues da Costa from Sintra, Portugal.

Unfortunately, I could not find more information about this master on the internet.

The only work he has represented, what I found on the internet, are on and

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and after

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And here is 18 century Dutch desk restored by Pedro Rodrigues da Costa

18 century Dutch desk restored by Pedro Rodrigues da Costa

Turned sculptures from Idaho, United States

Posted By on January 3, 2010

These gorgeous sculptures are made by Sterling Sanders who is a resident of  Bonner County, Sandpoint, Idaho.
He was born in Utah, which was home until he retired.

He says:

” Most design elements come from observing nature. Hand tools, power grinders, and the lathe help in creating my sculptures.”

For sculpture “Species” he got inspiration from a photo in the book, “Art Forms In Nature”.
It depicts a type of marine Protozoa as it moves through the ocean.

He started from a log of apricot wood

and turned and carved it to this beautiful sculpture:


" Species "

And here are some more of his creations:

You can see more of his sculptures on
And You can purchase his art on

Relief carved hunting gun stocks from Tula, Russia

Posted By on January 2, 2010

These handles of hunting rifles are carved and inlayd with gold, silver, pearl and bone by Prostyankin Valery ( Валерий Простянкин ).

Valery was born in 1961.
In 1980, after school he went to work in the Tula Weapons factory as apprentice of woodcarver.

Besides handles for hunting rifles he does high quality finishing of hunting weapons, knives, and carrying cases for them.
More of his carvings can be seen on

Woodwork humour

Posted By on January 1, 2010

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You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

1. You think sharing a joint means two or more woodworkers doing a glue-up together.

2. You think of Mixed Nuts as using Beechnut, Chestnut, and Walnut all in the same project.

3. You cut a huge gash in your thumb with a chisel and instead of being concerned about the blood spilling from the wound, you’re proud that you honed the chisel to razor-sharp. At least the cut will heal faster!

4. You do the ‘sawdust dance’ on the doormat before stepping into the house ,without being warned by the Lady.

5. You look at a mighty oak and ask, ‘How many tables and chairs could I make from that?

6. You think “logging on” must refer to some forestry activity.

Used images are T-shirt design from

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Chinese marquetry from Canada

Posted By on December 31, 2009

These marquetry paintings are made by Aikang Chen .
She was born in Yan’an Province, China.
As a young girl she was accepted to the high school affiliated with the elite Central Academy in Beijing, then entered the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou in 1965.
When universities reopened after the Cultural Revolution, she returned to the China
Academy of Art and taught in the Oil Painting Department from 1978 to1989.
She emigrated to Canada with her family in 1990. She is now a freelance artist and teacher based in Vancouver.
Source: and Google

Wedding Dancers

Wedding Dancers

Huntress Pursued

Huntress Pursued

Concubines at Rest

Concubines at Rest