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Location: chesapeake va

”The Wizzard of Wood”
Jim Calder, Jr.’s family line is a heritage of artists including the
world renowned sculptor and painter Alexander Calder. Mr. Calder was born in
Maryland in 1948, and was a resident of Baltimore County and now resides in
Chesapeake Va. and Haywood Co, N.C. He is a world recognized wood carver, sculptor, artist,
painter, and visionary of comical as well as, serious works ranging from
“Roscoe” his hillbilly friend to the creation of the “Calder Doors” that
were carved for a competition in Italy and were sold to a private collector in
the United States. At the age of seven, he began his apprenticeship under
the watchful eye and experience of Norbert Munson, master furniture and cabinet
maker, for sixteen years. During that time, he developed his cabinet making
talents and perfected his style of self taught hand carvings. He was recognized
as a “Master” carver at the age of sixteen. Mr. Calder’s multi-medium
carving and sculpting skills have been perfected through years of crafting both
here in the United States and in Europe. His carving tools consist of hand
knives, gouges, chisels and chain saws. His works of art have been and can be
created with the use of one or all of these tools. Although wood is his favorite
medium, the use of marble, clay and found objects as unique as a tree root and
rock also exhibits his creative and masterful skills. As a blue ribbon award
winner of local, state, and world wide competitions you will find his
accomplished works of art to be fish and wild fowl in the round wood carvings,
wearable art sculpture and architecture pieces. He is also the recipient of the
International Wood Carving Championship, held in Italy, for his carving of the
“Calder Doors” in black walnut. Jim teaches wood carving at the Academy
of Traditional Arts in Westminster, Maryland and also the Carroll County Farm Museum the Micheals crafts and Woodcrafters in Va, in addition to private
lessons. He donates hours of instructional time to local camps and county fairs,
for children of all ages to witness and learn the techniques of wood carving. and is doing a book for beginners carving with young voices foundation WWW.YOUNGVOICESFOUNDATION.ORG
Memberships The Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina
Baltimore County Maryland Historical Society
National Woodcarvers Association
Woodcarvers Guild National artists Dir
The Academy of Traditional Arts
Masters Carvers Guild
Chainsaw carvers Guild of America
Stickmakers of America
Tidewater Artists Alliance
Knetic Artists of America

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#1 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 1368 days ago

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#6 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome to LJ. I know you will love it here for all the inspirations you can both get and give.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s…home of the world’s best Wood Workers.

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#8 posted 1368 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s!!!! Looking forward to seeing your carvings.

-- J.Palmer,Texas,

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#9 posted 1367 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s Glad you are part of it.
Just checked your site out, you certainly have done some amazing work. Love the bears and the baby owl, oh and the lizard tree -exceptional.

-- Theresa,

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216 posts in 1369 days

#10 posted 1367 days ago

thanks to everyone ,and until this morning I couldnt sign in to reply to anything or anybody and was feeling rather badly about not responding
but wanted to say thanks for all the welcome remarks and Im thrilled to be part of a great group

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#11 posted 1367 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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109257 posts in 2077 days

#12 posted 1365 days ago

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
Posting photos
More photo help
Who to contact regarding Lumber jocks questions
Martin Sojka
Getting started
Reading and commenting
Finding information

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 1362 days ago

Love it – keep up the great masterpieces!

Semper Fi

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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216 posts in 1369 days

#14 posted 1354 days ago

here is a video of the dragon!/video/video.php?v=417535909727&ref=mf

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#15 posted 1352 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do, I’m sure you will.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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