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Carved Wooden Elk

John Dickens


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John Dickens

My name is John Dickens and I have been carving for 48 years.Thirty three professionally. I try to make each carving a one of a kind and the best work that I can do. My favorite carving subjects are the local songbirds that I attract to my backyard feeder. I also carve animals, country people and relief carvings. My favorite carving wood is basswood. The carvings are painted with acrylics or finished with linseed oil and beeswax. Most of my work is done with an ordinary pocketknife.


Artist John Dickens has been carving wood for 48 years.  John wrote, “each time I do an animal, I want to do it in a different pose so I can learn more about its anatomy and how it moves and behaves.”  His primary subjects are the local songbirds found at his backyard birdfeeder, animals, fish, people and reliefs.

  • Carved basswood painted with acrylics and finished with beeswax
  • Approximately 12″long x 5″wide x 11″high
  • Carved with an ordinary pocketknife
  • Made in VA
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