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Barn and Ford Tractor
8300 245TH STREET
SAINT CLOUD, MINNESOTA 56301
CALL : (320) 253-2132
ELAINE AND FRED
WELCOME YOU TO CARVINONLINE.
THEMES FOR MOST OF
their CARVINGS ARE RURAL AND WILDLIFE SCENES.
OUR PIECES ARE USUALLY A
COMBINATION OF VERY SHALLOW RELIEF AUGMENTED WITH WOOD BURNED
About twenty years ago, Elaine and Fred
Stenman started to develop their own unique style of relief
woodcarving. The idea grew out of one of the many
art and craft skills that Elaine had become proficient at while
a co-owner of a small craft store. Elaine learned to make
and teach a number of different crafts. Among the most popular
of these were macramé, silk flower arranging and seasonal
ornamental crafts. From time to time, wholesale suppliers
would offer classes to promote new product lines or to give
retailers instruction on how to use and promote various products
that they carried. On one of the occasions the class was
on a very simple country relief woodcarving technique. Elaine
encouraged Fred to take the class. Even though he was not bitten
bLy the carving bug, Elaine was. As time went on, Elaine
spent more time developing her skill as a relief woodcarver.
Initially most of the designs were simple and derived from
pattern books etc. But, at an early stage original Stenman
designs were worked into the carvings. A division of labor
was also set early on. Elaine continued to grow as a carver, and
Fred drew more and more of the designs.
Each individual carving starts with one or
more main points of interest. These consist of wildlife such as
loons, geese, bear, moose etc. or buildings like barns, cabins
or possibly an old water mill. Normally, the major
elements are carved. The background details must be individually
drawn on each carving taking into consideration the knots,
unusual wood grain or board shape. All of the details are then
wood burned . Each piece is then painted with very thin acrylic
paint and a halo of burnt umber stain is applied. There
are four to six coats of hand rubbed varnish on each
carving with Fred & Elaine today
what tools and techniques they uses and how they wood
burn and paint their
Pictures of some of Fred & Elaines finished projects below.