Saturday, October 6, 2012

Well we've done it again. It's The Country Carvers second Friendship Cane, this time with a Halloween theme. It's another true piece of American Folk Art. This one will be raffled on the same day as our first cane. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Well it's been over a year since my last post....busy busy...
Our carving club (The Country Carvers) is clicking right along and has embarked on quite a large project this time making Friendship Canes for all the members. Our first one has just been completed and here is a photo. We are going to raffle this one off and put the money to good use purchasing club logo patches and paying off the JoolTool sharpening system we purchased last month. We are also carving a second cane for one lucky club member. If we can keep up the pace, we will have some funds for other projects and provide each of the participating members with a true piece of American Folk Art.

If anyone out there would like to donate to our carving club, we will enter your name into the raffle for each $1 donated. The winner's name will be published right after the drawing on 12/15/12.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Well, I've been up to no good again. Carving up a batch of trees. If things work out, I'll be carving a lot more!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Well, here we are (The Country Carvers Carving Club) at Port Farms in Waterford PA last weekend. Collectively we carved 44 pumpkins. Believe it or not we sold all of them. Left to right: Terry Pattison, Dale Docter, Dave Hummel, Hank Rafferty and Jim Fife. Missing from the photo is Gary Rafferty. We had a great time with all the kids looking over our shoulders and harking in all the parents to purchase our creations. This coming weekend we will be back at Port Farms carving the giant pumpkins left over from the big show last week. We will also be displaying our carvings for sale in the artists barn and have some regular sized carved pumpkins for sale for only $10 each.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

County Carvers Carving Club

Well we have a new carving club in Northwestern Pennsylvania. They call themselves the Country Carvers and I'm a member. Currently we have about 12 active members and hopefully more on the way. We meet every Thursday from 1 to 4 pm but we never seem to leave until after 6pm. We each take a turn hosting a meeting and seem to be having a lot of fun along the way. We are discussing having one meeting a month on a Saturday for some of the new members that have to work during the week. Our newsletter will be published on this Blog on some type of regular basis and emailed to all active members. I encourage everyone to post comments and/or photos of any project they might be working on. I will be uploading photos of members finished projects and hopefully our Totem Pole club project in the near future.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My new Website

My web site ifs finally up and running again! You can click on the D.K.Hummel Company link to the right, or click here: to order any of my books directly from me. I'm offering free shipping for all book sales to the lower 48 states for a limited time so act now to save yourself some loot. If you order a copy of all three I'm knocking off an additional $5.00 until 12/31. Alaska, Hawaii and most of Canada can pay a flat fee of $4.95. If you live outside the US, just email me from the website for a shipping quote. I accept PayPal, Money Orders and Personal Checks.  I'm still hammering out all the different shipping options for international sales. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I finally finished this Football Player carving for a customer. It's 24" tall. Got a few hours into this one for sure.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Log Chair for a local restaurant.

This is a little animation from a series of log chairs that I carved for a local restaurant. This is number 1 of 4 and carved from a fresh cut Tulip Poplar log. The animation goes a little fast but the time lapse on my video camera turned off for some reason and by the time I noticed, it was almost too late. I worked on this face for about 4 days. I coated the carving every day before stopping with anchor seal to keep the face from cracking. I did the carving in the middle of winter next to a wood stove and had no cracks when finished. Unfortunately I did not video tape the other 3 faces. Enjoy.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hawaiian Watermellon Tiki

Ah, yes the watermellon. Delicious to eat. Even more delicious to carve! Here are several views of two of my Hawaiian Tikis. I'm working on a vegetable carving book. Pumpkins, Watermellons, Squash, Yams etc... Hope you like them.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New golf ball carving book cover photos.

Okay everyone, here are the front and back covers for my new book due in June. This book will be printed in the 5.5" x 8.5" format for easy storage in your carving tool boxes and back pockets. Get yourself a Flexcut travel kit and a handful of golf balls and go camping!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Carving Golf Balls

Thought I would upload a photo from my upcoming 3rd book "The Little Book of Carving Golf Ball Buddies" coming out in about a month (if all goes as planned). There just isn't enough information out there on the subject so I thought I would throw my two cents in and write my own book. Golf balls are a blast to carve. Since I carved about a hundred of these by now, I have a lot of pictures for the gallery portion of the book. I'm going to step up to the plate on this one and get an ISBN number and bar code to keep the bookstores happy. I'm also hoping to finish my 4th book this summer.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Just finished new carving

Thought I would upload a picture of my latest carving. I turned an 18" baseball bat out of basswood. This little fellow is named "BlackJack". I have a couple more named "Billy" and "Mace". Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tool Identification while carving

I bought a couple of 12" and 18" magnetic strips used to hold a set of knives in a kitchen. I think they were $8 or $10 each from Woodworkers Supply. I mounted the long one to the edge of my carving table and one on the inside of the lid of my carving box. When I'm carving next to the table I keep the tips up where I can see them. They snap on and off the strip instantly, are held in place very firmly, and now they don't roll off the table or get jumbled in a pile anymore as I speed carve (LOL). When you get 20 or 30 tools all over the table it gets crazy-frustrating. The strip in the lid is for traveling, shows etc... I use mostly the interchangeable Flexcut tools in my kit. As I carve I can toss them on the strip and even close the lid quickly if needed and not drop them all over the place. As far as marking them, I engraved all the Flexcut tools with the catalog number to identify them. I am a Flexcut dealer and have most all the profiles in the shop. This way a customer can try the tool before they buy and I can instantly identify the number so that they get the right tool off the rack. "Letterset" makes sheets of dry transfer letters and numbers that could be put on the handles. They transfer from the sheet by rubbing with a small stick. You can then cover with a little clear spray etc... They could then be removed later if the tools were going to be sold. I used this technique several years ago before I started using the engraver.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sealing wood ends to prevent cracking.

As you all know, shortly after cutting any type of wood, it will begin to crack. If you store your wood in a place where it is at all dry this can happen overnight. Apple and Cherry will crack in just a few hours indoors, sometimes the ends will split several inches and ruin the whole piece. There are several ways to slow this down and sometimes prevent it from happening. In the past I've melted wax in an deep electric skillet. Then I would dip both ends of the piece. This absolutely works great, but you have to have a goodly supply of wax, candles etc... around and it really only works for the ends or small (whole) pieces. About two years ago I switched to a product called Anchor Seal. It is a liquid wax that air dries in an hour or so, sometimes shorter depending on the storage facility. The advantage over melting wax is that you can brush it into hard to get at places. This is especially good for coating all the small branch ends cut off of a walking stick. I will cut 20 or 30 walking sticks in a weekend and immediately coat both ends and any branch cut offs and put them on a drying rack. Sometimes the ends will drip if I put too much on so I put a couple of sheets of newspaper on the floor under each end. When I get ready to carve, the wax can either be scraped off or the ends can be put into warm water for a minute or so and most if the wax will wipe off. Also if I am carving wood that is still green, I will coat the carved area with the liquid wax if I cannot finish the piece in one sitting. I've had noses and beards split too badly to be repaired letting wood dry too quickly.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Well here is my second book, "Carving a HatMan". I used a weeping willow branch for this one, but any tree with branches (LOL) could be used to create the hat peak. The inspiration for this carving was from a ceramic Santa Clause that my wife puts out every year on the fireplace mantle. His beard just sort of hung over the edge of the shelf. I found that Weeping Willow carves just as easy as Basswood and in my area is more plentiful than any other species. In this book I take the student from harvesting the HatMan blanks through a finished shelf hanger with big bushy mustash. The gallery is loaded with pleanty of examples and should be a great resource for anyone that loves to carve.

You can have a signed copy with free shipping to the lower 48 states for only $14.95. You can become a dealer by ordering only 6 copies, mix or match with any of my other books. Send me an email if interested.
Okay here is look at my first book. It's been a couple of years since I've written "Carving a Closet Buddy", but it's getting a little more popular all the time. I first got the idea of writing this book when my wife purchased some aromatic red cedar blocks to put in her wool sweater box. I thought why not write a book on how to carve this type of wood. I also wanted to keep all the steps simple but detailed enough so that a beginner could easily finish the project. I tried to give each character a slightly angry look so that if the cedar smell didn't chase away the moths, the facial expression would. LOL Being sort of a self starter, I took all the photos myself with a time delayed digital camera. I did all the publishing using MS Word, and contracted a local print shop do all the printing. I felt this would be the best way to control the stock inventory and would keep the book from prematurely going out of print. (Plus I saved a bundle on a third party publisher costs and control all the rights). Check out further posts for my other books.

Anyone can have a signed copy with free shipping to the lower 48 states for only $12.95. You can become a dealer by ordering only 6 copies, mix or match with any of my other books. Send me an email if interested.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009


Now that spring is here (sort of), it's now time to get out in the woods and harvest some walking sticks. If you want to easily peel the bark off of maple and the like, this is the best time to do it. The sap is flowing and the bark will peel without any damage to the stick underneath. On the other hand if you want to keep the bark on don't cut them yet. If you do, as they dry the bark will not stay attached and you will end up with a bark tube. LOL