Carver creates masterpieces with wood

January 18, 2015 - table lamp

Marcel Barcomb

Marcel Barcomb

Marcel Barcomb, owners of WhittlesFather, works on figure a eagle’s conduct for a shaft during his emporium in Plattsburgh.

Shore birds

Shore birds

Shore birds are forged out of red cherry timber in their medium along a shoreline.

Northern pike

Northern pike

A northern dart is forged out of African sapele timber in a H2O habitat.

Polished fish

Polished fish

A discriminating fish is forged out of maple timber in a healthy habitat.



This hummingbird was forged out of red cherry timber in suit over some flowers.

Posted: Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 2:15 am

Carver creates masterpieces with wood

By Dan Heath, Press-Republican


BEEKMANTOWN — A internal craftsman forged a approach to move his adore of woodcrafting to a ubiquitous public. 

Marcel Barcomb is a renter of Whittler’s Father, a hand-carved woodworking business featuring pieces forged from driftwood and internal and outlandish hardwoods.

 “I adore timber and timber grains,” he said, displaying a excellent square of black walnut with grains he compared to a complexities we competence find in a square of marble.


Barcomb pronounced he’s been figure for about 40 years, though incited it into a business after he late from his pursuit as a purebred helper during CVPH Medical Center 10 years ago.

“Once we retired, we had some-more time and seductiveness in doing some carving,” he said.

Barcomb pronounced he schooled whittling from his father, Noah Barcomb. He still has an instance of one of a initial things he schooled to carve, a tiny wooden fondle tip fashioned from an aged thread spool.

It is especially in a final dual years that his passion has unequivocally developed into a business, especially by online sales. Through his postings on a Etsy website, he has perceived orders from opposite a United States and even as distant divided as Ireland.

The latter was for a integrate who systematic hand-carved ring conduit boxes for their wedding, his from cherry and hers from maple.

“She wanted something hand-made from a United States,” Barcomb said.

A series of pieces are on arrangement during his home. That includes a list flare done from driftwood that he forged to underline a bird’s conduct peeking out.

Pieces come in a accumulation of sizes, from vast displays such as a northern dart forged from African sapele timber to pieces as perplexing as wooden hummingbird earrings. One quite engaging square facilities a hummingbird that appears to float as it collects nectar from a flower trustworthy to driftwood.

Barcomb pronounced he now surfs a web, quite wood-carving sites, as he looks for impulse in cinema from that he can conform a pattern. That impulse frequently comes from illustrations of wildlife, quite fish and birds.

“I’m operative on an eagle-head shaft hoop from black walnut right now,” he said, adding that canes and shaft handles have been a renouned item.


Another shaft hoop is forged in a figure of a pistol, with hole pre-drilled in a bottom to insert to a tip of a cane.

Kitchen ware and utensils are another specialty. He is finishing adult a slicing house with an eagle conduct forged in service and has started work on a portion play with a pig’s conduct handle.

A series of examples of his work are on arrangement and accessible for sale during Conroy’s Organics on Route 9.

Barcomb pronounced he typically works during his qualification during slightest 3 to 4 hours a day.

He has a entirely versed timber emporium in his backyard. Equipment includes a rope saw, clout saw, list saw, 12-inch planer and belt sander, as good as an collection of Dremel collection to assistance with some of a detailing.

“In a summertime, my seminar is right on my behind porch,” Barcomb said.

He never uses any form of finish on his pieces, only increasingly excellent grades of sandpaper to get a silken finish he prefers.

Barcomb pronounced he collects a lot of timber as he walks along a lake or in a woods. 

“When we travel out on Point au Roche or AuSable Point, we keep an eye out for surprising pieces of wood,” he said.


Some of a fancier pieces of timber come from Saranac Hardwoods or timber dealers from other tools of a region. In addition, he recently brought home some dry red cedar he found when he visited kin in Indiana.

It’s always good to be means to acquire income while doing something we truly enjoy, Barcomb said.

“I adore it,” he said. “It’s really relaxing. It keeps me calm.”

To see examples of his work, revisit and form WhittlersFather in a hunt box.

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