Allen Stichler – Wood Carving

Bespoke Ornamental Wood Carvings & Tree Sculpture

   Jun 20

Back at Beverley

How time flies ~ another year gone and we all meet again in the middle of Beverley Racecourse for the Folk Festival, it’s like Brigadoon!

As always it was wonderful to see friends both old and new, and everyone tolerated my constant whinging about the excessive heat most politely!

The three days went by in a blink, and with more than a tinge of sadness we packed away our remaining wares and headed off for another year. Thanks to everyone who bought anything, and thanks too to those who didn’t but had the time for a chat. See you next time!



   Jun 20

Eastfield Primary School is Totemtastic!

Eastfield pupils had some good ideas and designs ~ the most popular involved representations of the “house” groups, or rather, the Hull people that inspired the names of the house groups (Lillian Bilocca, William Wilberforce, Amy Johnson and Thomas Ferens).

I felt that the four portraits of these people would be a tall order for the pupils to carve, so each were represented by symbols or images relating to them: a fish for Bilocca, due to her part in the history of Hull trawlers; a broken chain for Wilberforce, to represent the end of slavery; a gypsy moth for Johnson, in reference to her first aircraft; an artist’s palette to show part of the legacy of Ferens in the citys art gallery.




Many thanks to the pupils who presented me with beautiful examples of their artwork ~ including a couple of brilliant portraits of yours truly!



   Jun 08

Westcott Primary School is Totemtastic!

Westcott Primary school was next on the list for the Totemtastic project, and they plumped for elements from their school badge plus the logo from “RotaKids,” a pupil group that does a lot of good for a variety of causes.





   Jun 04

Wonderful Wheelbarrow Weekend at Barrow

Another enjoyable weekend in the village, with sunshine, Punch and Judy, Barrow Brass Band, a “Bunting Barmy” community project and dozens of wheelbarrows ~ what’s not to like?!

As in previous years there was no shortage of willing participants in the communal carving, with children of all ages chipping away with mallet and chisel to produce an owl.

Here are some pictures:


Charlotte and Sophie




Erin, Sophie and Keeley


Oliver and Toby


Ashleigh and Paige


Christopher and Matthew


Isabelle, Lilly and Ella…

….and Nathaniel, who didn’t really want his picture taken!


Finley and Grayson

Some other scenes from the weekend:





And a couple of the wheelbarrows I managed to see:



   May 31

Barrow Prepares!

This weekend (3rd and 4th of June) sees the 6th Barrow Wheelbarrow and Open Gardens Weekend ~ as usual I’ll be in the Market Place, so come along for a spot of carving or just a chat!

See you there, you might even get a certificate for participating!


   May 24

Sutton Park Primary School is Totemtastic!

The design for Sutton Park Primary School took inspiration from Hull’s fishing heritage and the proximity of Noddle Hill Nature Reserve (and the school badge as it turned out). The weather forecast was right unfortunately, and we were confronted by horrendous downpours for most of the sessions ~ thankfully we were loaned a gazebo, which although not perfect provided a little shelter (when it was upright)…





   May 11

Alver Park Carvings Collected

The carvings for Alver Country Park were loaded onto the truck this afternoon, and set off on the long trip to Hampshire. The size of the pieces ~ a large wildlife “totem pole”, a 4 metres-long sign and two tree-trunk supports ~ meant it was going to be a tricky job loading them safely, but despite some nervous moments all went smoothly and I can sleep sound tonight!



   May 09

Thoresby Primary School is Totemtastic!

The second school to participate in the Totemtastic project, Thoresby Primary School in Hull had some enviable and glamorous history to incorporate into their design ~ Dorothy Mackaill, a notable silent-film actress went to the school. The Thoresby bell dates back to 1902 (by the same company who cast the bells at St Paul’s, London, and York Minster) and can be heard ringing out every morning, welcoming the pupils into school, so this seemed a good addition to the carving too.





   Apr 27

Collingwood Primary School is Totemtastic!

Collingwood Primary School set the ball rolling with the Totemtastic project, being the first of eleven Hull schools involved.

Here are some photos from the three day sessions:


The design was decided by the pupils and features the school logo of a ship, and two hands simbolising friendship.




   Apr 13

Blast from the Past

My pals Steph and Karen sent this photo from near Thixendale recently ~ strange seeing one of the 15 posts I did all that time ago (2012?). I’ve only seen a couple of the posts in situ, so it’s a nice picture to have. Photos of the other 14 would be nice, Steph!