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Things progressed from the horses to miniature duck and goose decoys and other birds. Although I got the carving pretty well in hand, I never mastered the painting and I settled on natural finishes.

Eventually, I acquired a band saw and an ever-increasing collection of chisels and knives. Even then, this collection was a hodge-podge of different brands of chisels and other tools. By 1972, we had moved from Ohio to Nebraska and then to Kansas City and I and two other carvers organized the Kansas City Chippers as a local chapter of the National Wood Carvers Association. Ed Zinger and I are the two surviving founders. "Spike Boyd", the other founder passed away some years ago. Ed and I served as President of the club during its early years and it has grown now to a sizeable group hosting wood carving shows in the spring and fall. As a result of the publicity just after the club got started, I was contacted by a woman whose father had some carving tools to sell and I bought them. There were about 30 pieces of Addis and Buck tools of about 1911 vintage. The gentleman who owned them was a retired industrial arts teacher, but was no longer able to make use of the tools at the age of 83. I still have these tools along with the Millers Falls set and they are all in one wooden case with other miscellaneous carving chisels, knives, and rasps.

I carved more steadily in the '70's and '80's than I do now. Dogs, horses, waterfowl, and fish seemed to be favorite subjects, but, a few other subjects were attempted, also. I kept a ledger of all the carvings I have made and it has grown to about 185 items. I cannot show them all in this web page, but, several are worth looking at. The images were taken from 35 mm slides projected on a screen and then viewed through an 8 mm video camera connected to an Intel PC Pro digital camera. The telephoto/wide angle features of the camcorder really help in framing the shot properly. The images were saved as JPEG (*.jpg) images and then further cropped and sized in a bit-map editor.

This walnut preening wood duck was based on a mallard pattern from "Game Bird Carving" by Burk. The pattern was scaled down to wood duck size with a large pantograph which I had to build. When the duck was finished, the wife immediately claimed it. However, at the next show, even though I priced it high to discourage buyers, one was not and even the wife agreed to let it go. I still have not replaced it.

This walnut preening mallard was made from a pattern from Burk's book and is one of two I carved. This one was done for a friend and was on display at a show at the Hermann Maifest. A woman from St. Louis wanted one like it and ordered one.

This carving is the one done for the woman from St. Louis. It was delivered to her on one of our trips east to visit family

This Jayhawk was made for the Head of the Power Division of Black & Veatch Engineers for his 50th birthday and was commissioned by his wife. This plaque version is made from a slab sawed off from the roughout for the 3D carving. It was given to the buyer in addition to the 3D carving. Both were made from that Honduras mahogany slab from Central America.

Jayhawks have been popular since my daughter finished medical school and pediatrics/internal medicine residency at Kansas University Medical Center. However, women have their own version of the famous bird - Shedoc (carved in white oak)

Owls and pelicans are nice subjects too

If you would like to see pictures of some of my other carvings, go to:

Horses Carved by Loren

Dogs Carved by Loren

Fish Carved by Loren

Other Animals Carved by Loren

Other Carvings by Loren

Please call or E-mail for additional information on wood carving topics. Telephone number is (816)358-7421 or E-mail at the following:

Loren W. Moseley
11700 E. 62nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64133-4445

For information on Ed Zinger's Woodcarving Rendezvous Seminars, custom carving knives, and caricature roughouts, log on to:

Wood Carving Rendezvous

For information on the National Wood Carvers Association and the ChipChats magazine, log on to:

National Wood Carvers Association

For information on The Kansas City Wood Carving Club and other wood carving sites, log on to :

Woodcarvers BBS

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