Rick Bütz wood carvingI guess it’s no secret — I love woodcarving. For one thing, I love working with my hands, feeling a well-honed tool carve cleanly through the wood, and smelling the fragrant wood chips. I can just feel the tensions of daily life melt away.

Sometimes, when I’m really involved with a project, I almost feel like I’m in another time and place, a simpler world where the pace is set by the rhythm of tools carving through the wood, rather than by clocks or calendars. I always come back refreshed, with a new perspective on life.

Woodcarving has also given me the chance to meet a lot of new friends — especially through teaching. There’s something exciting about introducing people to carving and watching them discover the rewards and satisfactions for themselves. That’s why, when I was asked to help create a weekly public television series on woodcarving, I welcomed the opportunity to share my enjoyment with others.

Woodcarving is a simple art. You only need a few tools and basic techniques to get started; the rest comes with practice. But, once you have these basics, you’re only limited by your imagination. You always have new horizons to explore. You can carve for a lifetime and never be bored.


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  1. I hope you are all doing well.

    I loved your carving series from the 90’s. There was such a peacefulness about your presenation. I believe it was your passion for wood carving that I was initially attracted to. Since then I have added a number of your books to my collection. It wasn’t until recenty though that I finally had the courage to tackle your Airondack Santa and bear which I thought was much to advanced for me back when I was a beginner carver. I really like the way it came out.

    Thanks so much for the joy and inspiration you have given me. 🙂

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