Marquetry by Zoltán Vargay

Posted By on March 31, 2011

Caracole marquetry by Zoltán Vargay

Caracole marquetry by Zoltán Vargay

These marquetry inlay panels are done by Zoltán Vargay from Budapest, Hungary.
Zoltán Vargay
Zoltán Vargay writes on his blog:

“Since early childhood, I have been attracted to art, mainly music and fine art.
I have had a particular interest in objects made of wood, for example furniture and marquetry.
I was about eighteen years old when I was first drawn to the originality and individuality of marquetry inlay panel pictures.
The desire to create such  beautiful pictures became so overwhelming that I began to read and teach myself how to create a marquetry picture.
After a few months researching and a good deal of effort, I managed to create my very first pictures.
Sadly due to career commitments, I could devote no time on my passion.

I qualified as technical engineer and worked on development and services of National and International Telecommunication for forty years.
It was my retirement in 2006 that made it possible for me to return to this beautiful art and started to work on various subjects such as castles, landscape and historical and biblical subjects.”

More of Zoltán Vargay work can be viewed on his website:

Relief carvings by Kronid A. Gogolev

Posted By on March 26, 2011

These carvings are made by Kronid A. Gogolev ( Гоголев Кронид Александрович ) from Russian Federation, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala.

Kronid Gogolev is a People’s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia and a Honored art and culture person of Russia and Karelia.

Kronid A. Gogolev

Kronid Gogolev was born on July 13, 1926 in the Novgorod province in the family of the former priest.
His father gave him a rare name Kronid which means ‘Zeus’.
When he was sixteen the young man went to the battle-front of Second World War, participated in fights for liberation of Leningrad region, Estonia, Poland, East Prussia.
He was in Germany when the war was over.
He had been wounded, contused, received many battle awards.
In 1953 Kronid Gogolev entered Leningrad Art and Graphic pedagogical school.
In September of 1967 K.Gogolev organized the children’s art school, which has glorified Sortavala and its talented director all over the country.
Kronid Gogolev, possessing a great gift of a teacher taught there for 20 years.
As an original artist developing traditions of the folk art, Kronid Gogolev became famous in 1984 after his two personal exhibitions in Moscow.
“This is a discovery! This is a revival of the lost achievements of Russian school of woodcarving, but at a new level,” – was the experts’ opinion.
Since 1985 Kronid Gogolev became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.

Putin, Yeltsin and Patriarch of All Russia Alexy II have a small collection of works of Kronid Gogolev.
He usually gives them as a gift, when distinguished guests drop in to his museum.

Work of Kronid Gogolev are devoted to the Russian north, the rustic and provincial city life of Russian northern nature and folk.

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Woodwork humour

Posted By on March 20, 2011

easy riders by Mieczyslaw Wojtkowski

“Easy Riders” by Mieczyslaw Wojtkowski

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

1. You buy a suitcase to bring home lumber from your vacation on the plane.

2. You stop by and introduce yourself to the owner of a really deformed tree and ask if they’ll call you when they cut it down.

3. You have an entire room dedicated to shaper bits and profile knives and still buy more and more.

4. You have ever attempted to use wood glue to close a cut on a finger, hand, arm, leg…

5. Your son’s tree house is built better and has more exotic woods in it then any real house within a mile other than your own.

6. You have your hand X-Rayed for a broken finger and find out your finger is fine, but your thumb has been broken numerous times.

7. You spend several weeks engineering the garage/shop so you can sweep it with a yard blower. (Boy, does that kick up sawdust from places you didn’t know sawdust could go.)

Wood sculptures by Giuseppe Rumerio

Posted By on March 19, 2011

Giuseppe RumerioThese sculptures are carved by Giuseppe Rumerio from Ortisei, Val Gardena, Italy.

Giuseppe Rumerio stands out from many gifted carvers as one of the world’s greatest animal sculptor working in wood.

Giuseppe started carving at the age of 14 when he became an apprentice carver. Now, he is a master-carver whose works are awarded the UNIKA marque to show that they have been carved solely by hand.

Giuseppe’s favorite medium for carving is pine wood , though he pronounces almost each wood as ideal to carve.

Giuseppe’s carvings all share a dynamic, animated quality that demonstrates his ability to harness the characteristics of his subject.

The most important aspect for him is the authenticity of the hand carving:

“Now the carvers are not so much anymore because sculptures can also be carved by machine, but this is an industrial work, not intricate like mine.”

To view more of his wonderful work, please visit his website:

Deep-relief carvings by David Esterly

Posted By on February 27, 2011

botanical head by David Esterly

“Botanical Head” by David Esterly

David Esterly
These carvings are done by David Esterly from upstate New York, United States.
And the most amazing thing about these carvings is that David Esterly is one hundred percent self-taught woodcarver.

One could say that David Esterly started carving accidentally.
While studying literature in England in the 1970s, David Esterly walked into a London church and had “a sort of conversion experience.”
It wasn’t the liturgy that moved him, but the deep-relief floral altarpiece carved in limewood by 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons.
Esterly’s first impulse was to write a book about Gibbons.
To better understand the carving, he bought limewood and chisels and began trying it.
Esterly had always assumed he had no artistic aptitude, but inching along by trial and error he was soon so deeply immersed in carving that he abandoned the book.
And before long, without a day’s instruction, he was making his living as a carver.

David Esterly has dedicated himself to the astonishingly deep, detailed, and delicate style that 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons pioneered.
Esterly carves all his pieces, as Gibbons did, from European linden, or limewood—a cousin of American basswood but better for this sort of carving—and leaves them without finish.
In 1998, Esterly returned to London to curate the Gibbons exhibition at the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum.

Quote from Esterly’s website:

Don’t copy Gibbons or Arcimboldo or the Dutch still life painters; steal from them.
Revive the old vessels – trophy, overmantel, overdoor, drop – but pour new wine into them, and rethink the designs so that they work even in a minimalist setting.
Use a decorative vocabulary, but with sculptural intent.
Bring back the delight in trompe l’oeil, but (limewood being a monochrome medium) make it a more sophisticated illusionism, based on form not color.

Here You can see audio slideshow about Esterly’s work:  audio slideshow
And here is David Esterly’s website: