Allen Stichler

Surrounded by Dragons

I’ve finally got around to taking some photos of our fire surround ~ it’s been in place for more than a year now, and when the log burner’s lit the dragons glow and shimmer in the light. “Hic Sunt Dracones” = “Here Be Dragons” !!

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Show Me the Monet

Monet’s quote, “My wish is stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature” was the basis for the next Sewerby Hall panel; “living quietly in a corner of nature” brought to mind something small ~ a hedgehog perhaps.

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Borrowing the Earth

The next panel at Sewerby Hall features a Native American proverb attributed to Chief Seattle: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” I decided to illustrate this with a deer and fawn carving; the panel this time was one of the biggest on the trail (around 8ft) […]

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Scawby Revisited

Passing through the village of Scawby, North Lincolnshire last week, I had a look at the benches I carved over a year ago ~ it was the first time I’d seen them in situ and the cedar is weathering nicely, already turning a nice silver/grey colour. Here’s the bench in the centre of the village:

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Mmm, getting a bit fed up with the weather at the moment ~ one day on, one day off as the rain doesn’t show any signs of letting up; the gazebo keeps the rain off but also the light, which isn’t too good at the best of times in the wood. In between times, un-oiled […]

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Nuts

A little bit of a twist on this panel: all the other carvings ~ as requested by Sewerby Hall~ have a small squirrel for the children to find (especially those from the under-5s “Sewerby Squirrels” group!); with this one featuring a squirrel as the main subject, it seemed silly to have a smaller version too. […]

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A Carving Lovely as a Tree?

On to the next Sewerby Hall Woodland Walk panel, and a popular verse adorns this one: “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree” To illustrate the wording I carved some instantly recognisable leaves ~ from a willow tree and a sycamore. I decided to attempt to carve a section […]

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The Earth Has Its Music…

After the owl and words from Mr Einstein on the last Sewerby panel, I went for another of our feathered friends on the next one: a thrush in mid song and the words, “The earth has its music for those who will listen.” Unfortunately this panel got soaked overnight by an unforeseen downpour and is […]

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Happy Faces at Mires Beck!

Today saw the last session of the three-Saturday-long carving workshop at Mires Beck Nursery, North Cave; everyone went home tired but happy, and reflecting on the hard work that turned a plain log into a beautifully carved sculpture! The best part ~ posing with the finished carvings…. And finally ~ nearly there, Steve……..and…. …….FINISHED!!! Of […]

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Midway at Mires Beck

The second of the three days at Mires Beck for the carving course, and everyone is making good progress ~ no panic (yet!)… Every year the carving course at Mires Beck gives us the opportunity to appreciate the surroundings in different light, different weather and sometimes different seasons; here are a few pictures of the […]

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