Roger Stegal Carving seminar

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 04-23-2012 02:17 PM 4591 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been replacing the roof on a shed and doing other carpentry work, so I haven’t carved much in a few weeks. But I spent the weekend attending a two day seminar by Roger Stegal, a member of the Central Arkansas carving club, who has won several awards in different Caricature Carvers of America competitions. I had a lot of fun, picked up s few tips, sharpened some tools for other members, and got to visit a bit. I liked a couple of his smaller carvings, a Santa and a mountain man, and both were carved from the same roughout. The cost for the seminar was only $45 and these roughouts were $12 each. What a deal! The club had a good turnout and everyone had a great time. Roger is a good instructor and gave me some really good advice for improving my work. (Roger's website). I managed to get the Santa mostly completed. I still need to burn it, clean up some details, and paint it, but I am pleased with how it turned out. It is the same roughout as the other carving, but you start by carving the brim of the hat off and changing one of the ears into the ball on the cap. The eyes, nose, mouth, and mustache are also carved differently, and it was fun to add other little details to make it look nice. I am anxious to get to work on the other one now! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 04:01 PM

you should be teaching your own seminars Mike, you do great work, always creative, highly detailed, the best stuff.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 06:36 PM

I might like to do that, but I’d probably have to pay people to be my students! I suspect it’s a lot harder than some of these instructors make it look!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 06:42 PM

It certainly would help if you are a talkative guy with a type “A” personality! If you have the ability to talk as you work, that would be a very good selling point. Your works are all impeccably carved.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 10:40 PM

Nice carvings and interesting to know about local talent and seminars in the area. BUT, what I’d really like to see is more of your work bench (in the background) and how you store your carving tools/chisels. Any chance I could talk you into posting a picture of your solution as to how to store chisels while maintaining their sharpness, keeping them organized and readily available for use when needed? Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 11:29 PM

As all your carvings are, very nice Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 04-25-2012 12:32 AM

Mike, I would pay you to teach me.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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