G Felder... Hand Carved Bowls
Traditional Hand Carved Bowls
Except for the chainsaw used to fell or buck up a tree, the only tools I use in the "greenwood" carving process, are traditional hand tools, such as an adze, carving ax, drawknife, spokeshaves and assorted gouges. I use only local Vermont hardwoods, such as Black Cherry, Maple, Birch, Poplar, Ash, etc.
As I carve out a bowl, I am continually amazed at the colors and grain patterns that were hidden below the outer bark and now appear. These qualities of the wood make the carving process continually changing, never finished till the drying is complete and the finish applied. Time will continue to enrich and darken the colors and with continually handling, result in a changing patina.