June & Bill

June & Bill

Since Monday, March 28, 1988 when I first sat down in Teacher Bob Wenning’s “Beginner’s Woodcarving Class”, my artist wife June and I  began sharing our Art together and with others. That same year, I also enrolled in Bob’s “Intermediate Class” and then, his “Advanced  Class” also, entered and won a red-ribbon in my very first Woodcarving Show (Troy, OH).  

Bob Wenning was my onlyTeacher in 1988, my only year of instruction. Bob was indeed the stereo-typical “German Woodcarving Teacher”; “old-school” all the way. The “Beginner’s Class” provided a basic carving knife which was my sole implement until later that year when  Bob persuaded me to purchase a small set of “palm-gouges”. 

The First Carving Class of Students that I ever taught,  several months later, gifted me my first and only  Foredom Flexible Shaft Grinder. I believe they did this because I refused their offers to pay for the class, due to my own Novice status. The next (2d) year of my carving career, I purchased my first Micro-Motor Grinder which elevated my carving tremendously. Bob and his wife Evelyn are gone now;  I, eventually became the “ole’ German Wood-Carver” myself. Quite a legacy and I wear it proudly. Thanks  to Bob & his “haus-frau” Evelyn, for everything!

Bob Wenning was my onlyTeacher in 1988, my only year of instruction. Bob was indeed the stereo-typical “German Woodcarving Teacher”; “old-school” all the way. The “Beginner’s Class” provided a basic carving knife which was my sole implement until later that year when  Bob persuaded me to purchase a small set of “palm-gouges”. The First Carving Class that I personally taught several months later, gifted me my first and only  Foredom Flexible Shaft Grinder. I believe they did this because I refused their offers to pay for the class, due to my own Novice status. The next (2d) year of my carving, I purchased my first Micro-Motor Grinder which elevated my carving tremendously. Bob and his wife Evelyn are gone now;  I, eventually became the “ole’ German Wood-Carver” myself. Quite a legacy and I wear it proudly. Thanks  to Bob, for everything.

Several + years ago, I had the opportunity to enroll in a two-day work-shop with Master Wildfowl Carver/Teacher Bob Guge. It was the two-days leading up to the annual Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Day Show in Archbold, OH. Bob has been a hero of mine from the git-go and I couldn’t pass it up. The work-shop was an all-day deal for both days. At the evening-meal-times on both days, I was invited to join Bob, one of his sons and one or two others  for dinner at the “Barn”, a  buffet at the Village. It was a pleasure to spend these few extra moments, talking “bird-carving” with Bob. No other teacher did I take the opportunity to take classes with since 1988! I wanted to hear what another teacher had to say, his teaching-style, his techniques. Very surprising to me, it turns our that we say and do much the same things, pretty much to a tee. What I’ve been doing for more than several decades, only a few hours a week, in season; Bob does most everyday.  Well, this next October, 2013, I plan to enlist in his next work-shop at Sauder Village.  I feel very content and pleased to set the group-teaching aside and  to “just carve” as the inclination hits me; or, hopefully with a few carving-buddies!. 

Now, on our 25th Anniversary of Woodcarving/Painting Teaching, we have retired from teaching. Hamonhaus Wildfowl Woodcarving, as such, is no more.  We are now, Hamonhaus Wildlife Woodcarving.  Neither of us will continue  teaching  group classes and she continues to paint only my wood-carvings. Obvious exceptions & opportunities might possibly   present themselves in the future; but, my primary aim is to avoid lengthy comittments which crowd our calendar.

Teacher, Bob Wening and Student, Bill Hamon

Teacher, Bob Wening and Student, Bill Hamon

 I am still the  Carver and June is still the Painter; but not just birds anymore!.  Always known as Wildfowl Artists, we are morphing into a little more diversification as Wildlife Artists!  Not to be bound by the restraints of the past, I am looking to explore other subjects; i.e: mammals, amphibians, fish, etc. Birds will probably always be central to my interests.  I  recently purchased Roz Daisey’s new book on carving bunnys and chipmonks “Carving Animals”.   I’m a long-time fan of her’s and own all of her books related to birds.  Also bought a book by Diane (Ernst) Harto, “Carving Wooden Critters”.  (See our blog page, “The Hamonhaus Library”.  Can it be that I’m loosening-up just a little?  HMmm…What’s next; Fish? (there goes the neighborhood!).

“Thanks for the memories”.

Wildlife is for Carving,  Bill Hamon 2012

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3