Tom SwilleAdvanced Carving
Date/Time: Saturday, March 21, 2019 @ 2:00 – 3:30pm
I am a third generation wood carver. My Father and Grandfather hand carved Bluebill Duck Decoys in the 1940’s and used them for hunting. I still have 12 of them signed by my Father. In 1971 my Father suggested that I try to carve a decoy. I carved my first Bluebill Decoy that I have in my collection dated 1971.
I am self taught and for a number of years would sell my birds at art shows in Green Bay and surrounding areas. I also donated duck carvings to the Green Bay Ducks Unlimited Chapter fund raising Auction for about 20 years. I also donated to the Appleton chapter and the Green Bay West chapter.
In the mid 1980’s I felt I had gone as far as I could being self taught and then contacted Mark Schultz to take carving lessons. Mark is a winner of a “Best of World” carving competition. He taught me advanced bird carving at his studio. During those private lessons I learned a lot of new techniques in carving. I continue to enjoy carving to this day.
Presently, I am spending time building radio controlled model boats from blueprints. I have had 3 entries in the annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats contest and display, held at Wisconsin Maritime Museum at Manitowoc, WI. With each entry I have won the Gold Award, which is the highest you can win.
I am currently working on a 39” long Scottish Seine Net Fishing Trawler from the 1970’s era. I am planning to enter this boat in the contest at the Maritime Museum in May 2020. I will have 3 of my gold award boats at the Woodworkers Guild Spring Show, for a special SHOW & TELL.
At the Spring show as an Instructor, I will be sharing many things in carving that I learned from Mark Schultz. I will share many techniques for advanced carving. I will be bringing some special basswood blocks that are unique and special, used for piano keys, which I will offer for sale. This basswood is the finest there is for detailed carvers. I also will offer for purchase, some hand made Glass eyes from Germany, used for carved ducks and small animals. I look forward to seeing you their.