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Winters Days are Happy Days

Updated on March 8, 2016
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Welcome

Thank you all for the response and the welcome back, you are amazing. Quigley is wiggling at the thought of each of you stopping in and resting a while in a familiar place. Good to have you gather again and listen to the banter that runs through this mind running full steam ahead.

Better bundle up. We are getting snow here in a few hours, the wind has kicked up and the temperature is beginning to drop. We need some snow to cover all the dirty snow hanging on from the last one. The home fires will be burning when you arrive and the coffee and maybe I had better break out the hot chocolate as well.


© Quill Collection
© Quill Collection

Yet Another Passion

Here is another passion of mine, Woodcarving. Something I first got interested in 30 some odd years ago. I pursued it with a passion and actually made a living at it for a few years until I ran out of time attempting to keep up with the commissions. Dates started to pile up and I started to fall behind. So I had to stop the orders and clean up the mess I had created. I stopped carving for several years and have just recently started again after building a studio in the garage.

Wood is an amazing media to work in. There is a carving in every piece of wood, all you need to do is find it and it will produce itself as you work away the excess. I smile as I tell you this, sometimes you can make a small design change to accommodate for your failure to plan ahead. For me over the years it has been proven I have had some expensive fires because I could not clean up the mess I had created.

This piece is Walnut, a gorgeous wood to work with. It started out as two pieces laminated together and the grain change is barely visible but there if you look closely. Again we serve a God who provides some of the most amazing detail in His wood He has grown for our use.

Praying Hands

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© Quill Collection

Praying Hands

This carving was done back prior to my becoming a Christian but my interests had switched from nature and moved into the Christian workings. This piece is carved in Honduras Mahogany. A rare commodity today as they have all but stopped exporting it from there. Should you find it you will pay a fairly dear price for it.

Over the years of doing commission work I reinvested all my earnings back into wood stock and I have a fair quantity of this wood left. Some as wide as 32 inches and 2 inches thick. All meant for the day I would have the time. All left over chips are saved and used for smoking fish and curing jerky. That is the old miser in me.

Family

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© Quill Collection

Family

This piece is carved in another rare and hard to find wood. Butternut at one time was readily available but has been devastated by a pest over the years. Any stock which is available only comes in narrow widths. Lamination's of several pieces creates a color change that detracts from the finished product. This was one solid piece.

I was commission by a family to do this. They had asked that I design something to represent the love of the family and love of the land. A wonderful family to get to know, hard working in the farming community where I once lived.

Friends

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© Quill Collection

Brother and Sister

Commissioned by a brother and sister who had an extremely close bond. Again I was able to spend the day with them and listen to the many family stories they had to tell. This was a gift they were giving to their Mom and Dad on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I have stayed in contact with them. Their parents have passed away and they tell me they now share the carving. They each have it for six months of the year. It is a blessing to know it has become a blessing to them.

Last time we spoke they said once I was up and running again in a new studio they wanted me to duplicate the work so they would not have to share anymore. Cute thought. Good thing I still have the original pattern.

Dahl Sheep

© Quill Collection
© Quill Collection

Ram's Head

This was carved for a family as a memorial for their father who had been an avid hunter and outdoorsman. It was a Christmas gift and he passed away only a few months later. I managed to sit with him and talk about his many experiences in the wilderness. We had much in common. It was a sad day when he passed but he left a legacy of hunters and outdoors men in his family.

This again is Honduras Mahogany one solid piece so as you can see lamination's do detract from the finished work.

Love

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© Quill Collection

Wedding Commission

I was commissioned to do this one for a young couple living in Ireland. Time was short, it arrived the day of the wedding. A learning curve attempting to ship wood into another country but it did make it on time. I still stay in contact with them on occasion. They are still very married and have three children now. They have asked if it possible to carve three attachable small hearts to represent the family fully.

Carving has become a pleasure again. It is welcome relief and a source of being creative in a media I so appreciate. As I work I pray the Father will bless those who are receiving and in turn it blesses me to have people from the past stay in touch after all these years.

I recently read a piece of a tree that God once grew for a special man who we have all come to love. The tree would later become the cross He was crucified on. God had nurtured that same tree for many years knowing it would be the same tree Jesus would die on. It was a touching article.

May the Father bless you this day, may you find His peace in a profound way and come to know His love which will transform you.

Many Blessings

© Rolly A. Chabot

Relax and Listen

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lady_E and welcome to the Fireside... good of you to say hello and appreciate the compliments.

      Blessings

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for an interesting Hub.

      The Carvings are awesome, very unique.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning DeBorrah... THank you for the wonderful words and your kindness and heart you have are such a great gift to many who know you.

      Wood is a creation of the Father above. There are times I keep a piece for years then one day something appears and then it is just a case of taking the excess off to produce what is hidden.

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Quill, These are exquisite! What a marvelous gift you have! No doubt each piece is painstakingly crafted and created with love, patience and care! I absolutely Luv your attention to detail! So glad I stopped by for another lovely “Fireside Chat!” Until next time… This was wonderful! Thank you for sharing another facet of your many gifts The Lord has Blessed you with! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      You're most welcome :)

      Have a splendid week, walking close to Jesus

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi LadyFiddler... thank you for te gracious compliments and the Lord I'm sure has blessed your hands and He wil use the talent and te skills you have in a powerful way as He does your words. Thanks for the up buttons... they all help for certain.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Okay i came back i kept my word and punched those buttons of yours on top ;)

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Rolly this stuff you got here is AWESOME and your hands must be blessed to produce such fine work. Its a blessing from GOD. I want him to bless my hands on the violin as he has blessed your on the wood carving.

      So lovely. My internet or i don't know if its hubpages i am having problems punching buttons :) I will be back to so do. I LOVE ALL OF YOUR CREATIONS especially the praying hands.

      Have a lovely weekend

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tip..., I do hope they bless the other half and inspire him to use the gift he has... it is a labour of love in many ways. To be able to search out what the Father has to say in each piece is the key. Like I said I have had many expensive fires over the years.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      These pieces are so beautiful. I sent them on to be shared with my hubby. I would love to see him get back into wood working. He hasn't done much carving, but is amazing with the things he builds. I have always admired someone with this kind of talent. It shows how much love and patience goes into a piece, just as God works in our lives. Thank you for showing us another one of your many wonderful talents.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... welcome to the Fireside and the gang here says hello... you likely know many of them.

      Working with wood and leaving it natural is a blessing in itself.

      Blessings

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      Fabulous work Rolly-it would be great to see a video demonstration of you at work with wood-these are real master pieces.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It would be hard to choose a favorite, you have put feeling into them all. Wood is so warm, beautiful and special to start, I know it brings you many pleasant hours, and certainly worth your time.

      Jackie

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Love you right back and if such is the case I will be needing a helper... we would make a good team. Do you think we will need snow tires up there...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Rolly Hey bro WOW amazing work. GOD has truly Blessed you with many gifts. I am touched to see your work. Awesome. You may be very busy in Heaven as well carving away. Tee hee. Thank you for a delightful writing and photos.

      Love ya your sis in Christ.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bella Nina... Thanks for the visit and feel welcome here at anytime... thanks for the compliment.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi mljdgulley354... good to have you onboard and pleased to meet you. Tip is a wonderful writer and encourager to many on HP. Welcome to the Fireside... may you find some peace and rest here.

      Blessings

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      Bella Nina 5 years ago from USA

      Your work is beautiful! It takes special talent to produce this kind of art! Thx for sharing it with us.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Beautiful carvings. I love the Ram. Looking forward to reading your stories. tlpoague sent me to your profile. She has been a fan of yours for a while and I can see why.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dave... Thanks for the Wow... love working in wood. Praying all is well with you. Get the kids to lead the way through Skype and we can hook up there.

      Blessings and Hugs to all

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      DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Is there any other comment but WOW! You are unbelievably talented! That is some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Always... if you loom very closely at the carving you will see a slingshot hanging out of one pocket. Apparently the sister was the tom boy in the family as it was hers...

      I have dabbled a little in the painting area. Some water color and acrylics. I just received a collection of oil paints brushes etc that Mom passed down to me. Yet another thing on the list to try... smiles.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Polly... good to see you again and I must say I do have some catch up to do with all the reading. Pleased you appreciate the carvings, it a labour of love and something now I can enjoy without being rushed. Blessed top have you back at the Fireside again.

      Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your wood carving is very beautiful. My favorite, Friends.. Thank you for displaying your artwork. Do you paint?...Cheers..Glad you are back...

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Voted up and across. Wood carving has always interested me. You are back just in time for some warm fireside stories while the cold winds blow. I look forward to them. Welcome back.

      Polly