Tag Archives: woodcarving

It pleases me that dulcimer making goes back as far as the Bible

Edsel Martin (1927-1999) liked to refer to himself as the ‘mountain misfit of North Carolina.’ That understates the case just a tad. He was in fact a widely celebrated instrument maker, musician and artist whose work can be found in the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Museum of History. Martin, a member of the […]


Something Fishy’s Goin’ on Here

While I still paint and draw, my focus turned to woodcarving. I explored various subjects. I’ve carved an Indian bust, a six-feet-tall bobcat, an American Eagle and more. But I mostly carve freshwater fish. Ironically, that requires extensive attention to detail; some medium-size pieces require burning or etching over 10,000 scales.

My interest in carving fish as a means of expression occurred in the mid 90’s. I read an article in “Field and Stream” magazine about an artist who carved fish and thought, “I know a lot about fish. I’m going to try this!” After a few rudimentary attempts, I remained excited enough to continue.

In 1997, I had my very first public exhibition at “Old Fashioned Trading Days,” a cultural festival in my hometown, Williamsburg, Kentucky. That took a lot of courage. I felt like I was standing naked in front of a crowd. I didn’t know what to expect.


New Exhibit Offers a Different Way of Looking at Wood in Jackson County, OH

Please welcome guest author Megan Malone. Director at the Lillian E. Jones Museum since 2012, Ms. Malone is a graduate of the University of Dayton with B.A. in Communication. Her professional experiences include newspaper reporting at ‘The Canton Repository’ and the ‘Dayton Daily News,’ and public information work at the Stark County Board of Developmental […]


Warther family carves out a 100-year niche

The following article by Joe Wright ran February 25 in the Times Reporter (of Dover-New Philadelphia, OH). It is reprinted here with permission. It has been 100 years since Ernest “Mooney” Warther, known as the “World’s Master Carver,” built a 10-foot by 14-foot workshop in the backyard of his Dover residence. The young man, who […]

↑ Back to top

This collection is copyright ©2006-2018 by Dave Tabler. All visuals are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law (Per Title 17—United States Code—Section 107) and remain the property of copyright owners. Site Design by Amaru Interactive