Decorative carvings by Nairi Safaryan

Posted By on September 25, 2010

Nairi SafaryanThese carvings are created by Nairi Safaryan from Glendale, California, United States.

Nairi Safaryan was born in 1958 in Shushi, which is located in the Karabagh region of Armenia.
In 1973 he moved with his family, including his parents and his two sisters to Yerevan where he completed school and entered Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.
In 1980 he received his degree and diploma as an Electronic Engineer.
In 1987 Nairi Safaryan became a member of the Art Fund which gave him a chance to show his works.
In 1991 Nairi decided to show his work at Vernisage (outdoor art fair in the central region of Yerevan) where his “Vine Leaves and Fruits” jewel box was purchased by congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
In 1996, after being demonstrated in two shows at Yerevan’s Folk Art Museum, Nairi was named a Folk Master.
In 2002 he met an American visiting Armenia who liked his work and started selling his carvings in the United States.
In 2002, the owners of a gallery in Las Vegas invited Safaryan to live in their home while he taught his style of carving at a nearby training center. They also brought him to galleries in California and encouraged him to submit his wood carvings in the annual show sponsored by Smoky Hollow Carvers in La Crescenta Park where he won the Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award in 2002.

Safaryan has been carving since he was a child.
His parents wanted to encourage his talent and gave him his first saw at age 4.
“The first time I used the saw, I cut off the wood supports under our dinner table,” he said. “My parents just shrugged and said ‘He’s learning.

More of his work can be seen on  Nairis Art Studio

Carved furniture by Amber Jean

Posted By on September 19, 2010

Amber JeanThese carved furniture and door are handcrafted by Amber Jean from Livingston, Montana, US.

Amber Jean first appeared in the media at age six when she took first place in a national drawing competition.

While in high school, her artwork was selected to represent talented youth, and was displayed in Washington DC.
Amber created a life-size figurative sculpture in steel when she was 16 and taught herself to carve with a chainsaw while in her 20’s.
Amber left Montana at the age of seventeen for Europe.
While in Germany, she showed her portfolio to the
director of the Bremer Kunstshule and was asked to be a guest student.
Returning to America after a year abroad,
Amber received many awards and scholarships that fueled her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Montana State University.
Sharing her success story Amber Jean has been in various TV, radio, and print appearances.

Quoted from her website:
“I am fueled by adventure both inside and outside of the studio. Compelled to explore, I push boundaries, experiment, and scare myself. I’ve been shipwrecked on a Mexican island, stepped on by a bear while sleeping alone in the backcountry, nearly blown off the top of Mt Rainier, flipped in Class Five rapids, and completely mesmerized while climbing frozen waterfalls.
Exploring, I push my physical and mental limits while creating art and living life.”

More of Amber Jean’s art can be seen on her website:

Wood Carving by Hans Joachim Cantor

Posted By on September 4, 2010

Hans Joachim CantorThese sculptures are carved by Hans Joachim Cantor ( האנס יואכים קנטור ) from Tel Aviv, Israel.

Hans Joachim Cantor was born in 1964 in Germany.
In 1980 he immigrated to Israel.

Hans began practicing carving without any background or school early. He taught himself to sculpt through observation, perseverance and strength of will.
Artist statement: “This art is a therapist, reassuring and strengthens the will and motivation.”

He established his School of  Sculpture in 1999.
In this school are taught all styles of sculpture – based on the student’s personal choice. Figurative, abstract, art, ethnic, and surreal.

According to students of  Cantor, his School of Sculpture is all about artistic work and creativity that combines relaxation with the pleasure of creativity.

To find out more about his work and his school, please visit his website: Kantor – School of Sculpture – Wood Carving

Woodwork humour

Posted By on August 30, 2010

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:


Baby Dragon by Cassie McLaughlin Wollen

1. You watch old movies just to check out the woodworking and furniture used in a movie.

2. You look forward to your spouse’s family reunion, as you know it’s on the family farm where you can go wood hunting while everyone else eats and carries on.

3. You can’t cut and burn firewood anymore without feeling guilty.

4. there are no logs in your firewood pile, just pails of offcuts no more than 3” long.

5. You go out to buy a small piece of to finish a project and come back with enough wood to start another.

6. You try to convince your spouse that the truckload of wood you just bought was a good buy since it was on sale.

7. You’re driving to work on Garbage day, and you drive slowly looking for any furniture you can rebuild/refinish.

8. the tables of your stationary power tools have a hand rubbed wax finish and your spouse’s vehicle has a spray on car wash wax ( I just realized this while redoing the garage for a woodshop).

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Sculptural furniture by Sabiha Mujtaba

Posted By on August 27, 2010

These carved furniture pieces are made by Sabiha Mujtaba from Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

Sabiha MujtabaSabiha Mujtaba was born in Karachi, Pakistan but raised and educated in London, England.
She moved to Atlanta in 1981 and start her company “Chrysalis Woodworks” in 1986.
She has studied under several woodworking masters including Sam Maloof, James Krenov, Silas Kopf and Wendy Maruyama.

While adhering to the functional principles of furniture making, Sabiha’s primary focus is on the aesthetic relationship between rigid and flowing forms.
Her work is influenced by her South Asian heritage and by her love of nature and organic forms.

Artist statement:
“My approach to design is usually on an intuitive level, however, once it’s there, I allow it to gel without necessarily investigating its origins.
During this “waiting” period, some osmosis takes place, where this idea collects its own information and I enjoy that revelation process.”

More of Sabiha Mujtaba’s work can be seen on her website:  Chrysalis Woodworks
And here is an interview with her by