All-wood clocks by Charles Maxwell

Posted By on January 29, 2011

Brown Sugar Clock

Brown Sugar Clock by Charles Maxwell

These wooden skeleton clocks are made by Charles Maxwell from Rochester, NY, United States.

Charles Maxwell retired after 25 years of service with the U.S. Navy in December 2006. Charles Maxwell
When he visited a museum store at Cape Cod in 1982 , he first saw a six-foot skeleton clock constructed entirely of American Walnut.
The impression that this one-of-a-kind work of art made on him was so lasting that he decided to dedicate his first post-navy career woodworking project to designing his own version of that beautiful clock.
It took the better part of six months to design his first working, all-wood clock, from the ground up.

Charles Maxwell said:
” I’m a retired naval officer pursuing my other loves in life – chasing my wife around the house and fine woodworking – in that order!
I had the privilege of serving at the command level in the greatest navy that has ever sailed the Earth for a quarter century.
I’m proud to say that I wagged the finger at Qaddafi in the Gulf of Sidra (1984-5), nailed drug runners in the gulf coast, sailed proudly with our NATO forces against our former enemy, the Soviets, did my part in Somalia, Iraq and Korea and, most recently trained newly commissioned naval officers at the University of Rochester, NROTC.
Now that I’m retired from my naval career, I’m giving the woodcraft career a go. ”

More all-wood clocks by Charles Maxwell can be seen on his website:

Wooden sculptures by Michael Jean Cooper

Posted By on January 26, 2011

overarmed wheelchair by Michael Jean Cooper

Overarmed Wheelchair by Michael Jean Cooper

These amazing sculptures are carved by Michael Jean Cooper from Richmond, California, USA.

Michael Jean CooperMichael Jean Cooper was born in 1943.
In 1966-1968 he was student and graduate assistant in San Jose State College.
By 1977 Cooper was teaching sculpture at DeAnza College in Cupertino, California.

Sculpture ” Gunshy ” was constructed in 1996 with approximately 4000 individual pieces of wood.
Construction took around 2200 hours over a 9 month period.
Forty eight varieties of domestic and exotic hardwoods were used for color, figure and grain.

Quote about Michael Jean Cooper from another pages:

” A Neo-Leonardo Da Vinci of his time, Cooper’s spectacular mastery of many materials and imagination is pure eye Candy!
” Cooper’s work initially seems more craft than art.
But beyond the wooden motorcycles and pistols lies a subtle sense for erotic humor, and a crazy belief that his handmade vehicles will actually be roadworthy. “

Much more of his work can be seen on his website:

Woodwork humour

Posted By on January 24, 2011

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

1. You have a back up tool for 95% of the tools you own….just in case.

2. You always think of how to build something out of wood when it could or should be metal.

3. You supervise your son’s construction of his tree house and he builds it entirely by himself with his own tools (8 years old).

messy woodwork shop

Where do I put the hammer ?

4. all Your passwords are like: sawdust walnut, hickory, tablesaw, Dewalt, Stanley or the serial number of Your tablesaw and when Your password question is whats on my basement floor = sawdust.

5. You carry a chainsaw in your truck in case you spot a nice burl while your driving.

6. You wish your wife had a perfume that smelled like sawdust.

Accident with my website

Posted By on January 23, 2011

Five days ago my hosting provider had serious RAID failure.
In addition to that my site was invisible for four and a half days , I lost all posts for last three months.
Apology to all visitors to my page for seeing “Server not found” message.
Let this be a reminder to all site owners to make regular backups.
I’ve heard somewhere that the all powerful Google keeps copies of old websites somewhere, can anyone direct me to that place?

And to keep this post related to woodwork, here are two pictures of magnificent examples of finest craftsmanship.
Unfortunately, I can not remember where I came across these photos and I do not know who the authors are.

wooden carved table

marquetry cabinet

Sculptures and Furniture by Paul Baliker

Posted By on October 17, 2010

Paul Baliker with his sculpture

Paul Baliker with his sculpture

These masterpieces are carved by Paul A. Baliker from Palm Coast, Florida, United States.

Paul Baliker has been sculpting exclusively for 35 years. His sculptures can be seen in numerous public and corporate collections.

His most amazing work, called “A Matter of Time”, is a wood sculpture that is 13 feet in diameter and features a man holding a globe surrounded by more than 40 different animals.
“The piece focuses on man’s position in nature.
I love nature and this is my chance to make an environmental statement, so I went ahead and did it,” he said about his sculpture.

The sculpture “A Matter of Time” reached fourth place in the ArtPrize 2010 , an open competition giving away the world’s largest art prize.

Artist statement:
“A passion for nature has inspired me to create a body of work that is environmental in pith.
I endeavor to capture a moment in wood or bronze that expresses potential for a symbiotic relationship with nature.”

More of Paul Baliker’s work can be seen on his website: