Fred & Elaine Stenman - Shallow Relief Carvers, Wood Burners & Painters

 


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STENMAN STUDIOS

8300 245TH STREET

 SAINT  CLOUD, MINNESOTA 56301

CALL : (320) 253-2132

E-MAIL: fstenman@msn.com

 

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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 BACKGROUND DETAILS.

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 piece.

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Pictures of some of Fred & Elaines finished projects below.

 

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