On the Bench

On the Bench

Jan 14

Today I’m working on a Monk that’s full of holes.

They’re wormholes from wood beetles and there’s a LOT!

I counted over 200.

Been snowy here in Ohio so I poured me a “Brandon sized” Old Fashioned, put on some music out in the shop, and worked on this piece for a few hours today.

Here’s a pic of the piece with all the previous filler removed from the holes:

Monk Nutcracker

Here’s a pic of the piece getting ready to have all the holes injected with wood hardener.

This stabilizes the piece and kills any remaining wood beetle eggs.


This is really a great piece and is going to look fantastic once it’s done.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Dec 31

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

May it be filled with good fortune and new adventures!



Dec 23


Here’s a great piece that came in needing some chips repaired and the finish refreshed:


Here are a couple pics of the new wood added:

Here are a couple pictures of the piece all fixed and refreshed:

The customer was thrilled with the piece and sent me pics of him all ready for Christmas:

I think snazzing him up for the Holidays is a great idea and might make that a tradition at the shop!



Oct 09


This great piece came in missing most of its left arm.




The collector requested we add a goblet.


Here’s clay mock up that was done for the customer to review and approve:




Here’s the piece done with the repair blended and color matched to the original piece:




The piece really did come out great, looks even better in person, and the customer was thrilled with it.





Jul 17



Here is a great example of a French Nutcracker.


This one came in with broken glasses and quite a few Woodworm holes.





Here are a couple photos of the piece with new wood added and in process of being carved:




Here are a couple pictures of the piece fully restored with the Woodworms exterminated and their holes fixed.




This piece came out great and I was very happy with how well all the repairs blended in with the original patina on this one.