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The construction company I work for had me make these as a gift for the church we were working on. This project took 13 weeks at 40 hr. a week and I was able to make these on company time. This project is the largest of all my work to date.

This isn’t as much woodworking as it is carving but I still had to biscuit joint and glue up wooden panels to get 2 – 3’ X 5’ X 2” D. and 1 – 4’ X 5’ X 2” D. The wooden linens are made of 8/4 butternut which I received in the rough. I did have to glue these up in sections.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 1695 days ago

Phenomenal! Been watching for new projects for a while (tagged you for the great carvings previously posted). What a reward. I have a shed full of Butternut, 3-4 cords on the ground in the woods under the snow waiting to be hauled and a few more dead and dying trees (from the canker) to be taken next season. I hope to be as successful as you were in finding enough clear boards for large format relief carving as you have done here. Beautiful execution of a longstanding Lutheran tradition of including folk-arts in functional and eccumenical furnishings. I have a thing for butternut—-my stash is my retirement nest egg. (How sick is that?) Have you seen the figure carving in butternut of Fred Cogelow? Or the Norse Wood Works rendition of cabinetry and home furnishings in butternut or kubbestols (stump chairs) in basswood? Both are worth a look-see if you are interested. Off to the shed- need to get going on a small linenfold glueup…...butternut of course. Congratulations, very accomplished project. spj

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 1695 days ago

Steve, I had a hard time finding any 8/4 butternut and when I did it was 9.50 bf. I had $2000 in butternut because I had to buy 180 bf. just to get my needed 80bf. If you notice the lumber is 8’-9’ and I only needed 6’ boards. Ouch! It wasn’t my money!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Monty Queen

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#3 posted 1695 days ago

Awesome job on those wooden hangings, they are so beautiful. I always loved carving and chipcarving i did some many years ago. Your work inspired me to start back. I love making boxes, i want to add some chip carving to it. Thanks for your posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 1695 days ago

That’s what this site is all about “Inspiration”. Thanks Monty!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Henry Mowry

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#5 posted 1695 days ago

Oustanding work. Makes we wish I had the patience for chip carving!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#6 posted 1695 days ago

Wonderful carving, Roger. Thanks for posting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 1695 days ago


Your art is an inspiration to all of us carvers, & wannabe carvers.

This great art masterpiece will live forever.

Some of the nicest carvings I’ve ever seen have been done with Butternut.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 1695 days ago

Excellent Carvings!!! Thanks for in inspiration. It makes me what to go grab my carving knifes and start carving!! Great job!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1695 days ago

Roger: These are truly beautiful.
A real gift. I’m glad that you have a benefactor that also sees your gifts.

Come back anytime.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 1695 days ago

Your work is gorgeous Roger and these are no exception. You are a tue craftsman. Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 1695 days ago

Just beautiful…

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#12 posted 1695 days ago

yup. yup..yup… definitely a Master at your craft.

and you got paid to work on it – that’s nice ;)

Beautiful as always Roger. Thank you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 1695 days ago

If carving isn’t woodworking, then … well, I don’t know what. The carvings are magnificent. I have always enjoyed your work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 1695 days ago

Roger, for me, you are the master. I have been wondering what you were up to since your wall hanging. (There is no justice bye the way, I always feel that chip carvers are harshly judged by other carvers, quality chip carving is not easy to produce) Again, you simply produce phenomenal work. Once again I am humbled!


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#15 posted 1695 days ago

You are very talented and will be blessed for this job. You should be very proud of your work and we are for you as fellow LJ’s. Thanks for posting.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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