Allen Stichler – Wood Carving

Bespoke Ornamental Wood Carvings & Tree Sculpture

   Jul 12

Wansbeck Primary School is Totemtastic!

Wansbeck Primary School decided on a compass taken from their logo, a pile of books (reflecting their focus on literacy) and mathematical symbols for their totem, and they made a great job of the carving:



Thank you to all the pupils who presented me with this fabulous card (and KitKat!)  at the end of our three days :



   Jul 06

Pearson Primary School is Totemtastic!

Pearson Primary School put a lot of effort into their designs ~ I was delighted to see a full wall display of all the pupils’ work when I arrived to take the bark off the log.

Photos of the wall display above; the finished design would include elements from several of those in the photo ~ a squirrel, a book, shaking hands and a tree.




Congratulations to all the pupils at Pearson Primary School, and a big thank you to all the staff for the coffee and assistance with the gazebo on those rainy days!


   Jul 06

Dorchester Primary School is Totemtastic!

Dorchester went for a design incorporating the bees from their school logo, along with an open book and shaking hands.

The dates on the book (1967-2017) refer to 50 years of Bransholme, Hull, where the school is situated.

   Jun 21

Wheeler Primary School is Totemtastic!

After all the torrential rain interspersed with sweltering heat, it was a real bonus to see a ready-made shelter at Wheeler Primary School!

I was presented with a selection of brilliant designs, complete with the reasons for choosing the various elements written on the back:

Once again, unsurprising given Hull’s fishing heritage, a fish featured in the design; a wheel was chosen in reference to the school’s name (which apparently stemmed from a wheelwright being based nearby), and a simple plaque at the bottom with the date of the school’s founding finished it off.



…and a small squirrel on the side, a special request!

   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)…