Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Great Lakes Woodcarving Exhibit

This past weekend I was in Cleveland for the Great Lakes Woodcarving exhibit. My 1:144 scale tiger won a blue ribbon! In the miniatures category of course. Here is my table.
The magazines on my table are the ones that my toothpick and matchstick carvings have been featured in. These include Carving Magazine, Chip-Chats, American Miniaturist. 
The tiger is dwarfed by the ribbon!
Hand carved hand painted wood. Shown with an ordinary pencil.
This last picture is of the table and fantastic carvings of a dear friend of mine from the days of The Parma Woodcarvers Guild, I joined in 1978.

What a fantastic fun time I had. I was carving at my table. I carved a toothpick- a flower in a pot on a table. Of course there is 4 legs on the table with equal space in between the legs. After seeing all the wonderful  full size carvings in the hall, when the people got to my table they couldn't believe it. One person thought I was cleaning my fingernails!!!  Nobody could believe I wasn't wearing glasses or magnification of any kind. My secret? During the summer months, I don't wear a contact lens in my right eye because of an allergy in the eye. I am so myopic that without a lens the eye sees very magnified, in focus just one inch in front of it. The other eye, with a +8.00 lens sees perfect distance. My eyes effortlessly toggle back and forth with the task at hand. Sweet!

By the was the tiger is for sale.


  1. Beautiful work! Well deserved ribbon, congrats!

  2. Congratulations! I bet they just couldn't believe how tiny your work is!!

  3. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!!! I know first hand how well deserved it is. :-))

  4. Congratulations; the tiger is fantastic!
    Bye Faby

  5. Where is a picture of the toothpick?! LOL
    Wonderful work deserves to be rewarded!

  6. Thank you so much dear friends! I don't have a picture of this toothpick but I have several toothpick and matchstick carvings on my website
    There is a toothpick carving of a hummingbird drinking out of a flower, and a carved matchstick double flower in a pot on a table. Along with many others.

  7. Linda, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Your tiger deserved the Blue Ribbon. He is fantastic!!!

  8. Congratulations on a well deserved award!

  9. Congratulations on the award! You deserve it, your art is fantastic!

  10. the tiger is lovely! Bet it was the smallest item entered!

  11. Thank you Eliana and Karin! He probably was the smallest but I didn't see the other entries---