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 Woodcarvings by Maura

 About the Artist:  Maura  is a native New York City artist and  traditional American woodcarver, specializing in custom designs and carvings.  She currently resides in Staten Island, a suburb of New York City.

Why Woodcarving? Of all the things I could possibly do? It is a question I've been asked quite often. The best answer I have is passion. 


I have always loved the feel and smell of wood.   


        I found my passion for wood at the feet of my grandfather as a small child. In his little shed in upstate New York, we whittled, sawed, made things and burnt wood in the little potbelly stove he had. I learned many things in those special times, including my love of wood, its' smell, its' feel, its' beauty.   Drawing and painting came naturally to me as a child and I dabbled in other short lived artistic endeavors as well but I put it all aside to go work in the real world.  An injury sidelined me at age 40, boredom was looming on the horizon , and my love of wood and art came together as an accident in my small basement workshop.  From that moment on, there has been no looking back. I became a self taught  obsessed woodcarver.  The incredible support and praise of friends and family and other carvers I have met has so encouraged me along my journey and  I am constantly striving to create the best works I can. To date, I have studied under Chris Howard of Gatlinburg Tenn., Mike Bloomquist of Schenectady NY, George Chau of New York City and Charles Post of Staten Island.  I am currently a member of  the National Association of Woodcarvers,  the Staten Island Woodcarvers, the Woodcarvers of Queens, Woodcarvers list, Knotholes list, and the Wood Carvers Porch. I am the New York field editor for Woodworking for Women, and have had an article published in Chip Chats magazine. I have won two best of shows and many first and second place finishes. My works are in private collections both in the United States and internationally.


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Original patterns contained herein, may be purchased by individuals and used to complete their own personal carvings for sale or show, as long as such sales or shows are not through licensed commercial businesses.
To that end, the author encourages the use of purchased material for personal and educational use. Mass production and other commercial use of the material herein, is strictly prohibited by law.