Allen Stichler

A Green Man Menagerie

There’s nothing nicer than customers having interesting ideas for their tree carvings ~ the quirkier the better ~ and this one certainly fell into the “unusual” category: a Green Man (a good start), with a squirrel, a….fish…..and…..a lizard(?!). I must admit, the fish and the lizard threw me slightly, and I tried to persuade the […]

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Piper at the Gates of Dawn

It’s always a pleasure to do work for Northwood Fairy Trail, near York; their ideas and subject matter are always interesting and stretch me a little out of my comfort zone ~ this job was no different, a slightly-larger-than-life-size Pan, the Greek god of nature. I’d had it on my job list for about six […]

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Art on the Greenway Workshops

I was delighted to be asked to participate in the Art on the Greenway project ~ funded by the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership, myself and several artists and sculptors are to produce pieces at certain points along the Greenway. The brief for the project is best illustrated by this quote from […]

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Fishy Tales (or Tails?)

When I received this photo from a client showing a fairly uninspiring thin sycamore stump, I realised it would take some thought in figuring out a design; all I could visualise was something flowing vertically…water? Fish? But the location (Cherry Willingham, near Lincoln) is very much land-locked, so fish wouldn’t have much relevance… I looked […]

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A Green Man’s Progress

This was a very enjoyable piece to carve ~ a large oak panel with a Green Man design, bold enough to be easily seen once it was in position high on a farmhouse wall. Here are some pictures telling the story of the carving, from the slice of rough timber to the finished piece:

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School and Scouts

Things are very different for young people at school these days: the world has changed, and education has moved away from lessons using hand tools towards IT and other space-age things I don’t understand ~ but thankfully there seems to be a resurgence in giving pupils opportunities to experience different crafts and art forms, especially […]

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Hare Form

With hares being one of my favourite creatures, I was delighted to be asked to carve this one ~ almost-life-sized, sitting on a base. The mythology and folklore surrounding hares is fascinating and only adds to the attraction of this mystical animal, and this has spread worldwide over centuries ~ often with a link to […]

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Mires Beck Carving Course

Pictures from the final session of the Mires Beck woodcarving course ~ great fun as usual, with a very enthusiastic and lovely group of participants!

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Keep an Eye on That Snail

The last log to be carved in Bluebell Wood, Sewerby Hall, and this was probably the oddest shape of the lot. Once I’d stripped some bark off, the forked end at the left looked a bit like legs, and I worked on ideas using the lump as a knee; this was the plan right up […]

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Who Lives in a House Like This?

The penultimate carving at Sewerby Hall’s Bluebell Wood, and this log didn’t take much thinking about ~ it had to be a Fairy Tower! The shape really couldn’t suggest anything else, and the with the addition of some pointy roofs, stairs and windows, it was ready for a Fairy to move right in.

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