A Life Sustained Sponsor: Carlski's Woodworks

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Carlski's Woodworks!


Carl handcrafts wooden treasures for the home. In his words:


My name is Carl. I live in southwestern New Hampshire with my wife of 17 years, our three beautiful (and energetic!) daughters, two dogs, a cat, a shifting assortment of chickens, and occasionally sheep. In my spare time, I’m a woodturner.


Tell us about your journey towards becoming an artist.

There are several artists in my family, and while I wasn’t that great at drawing, painting, etc., I kept feeling the desire to create things. I've always been drawn to working with wood, and a couple years ago I took a weekend woodturning class, just for giggles. That night, I hardly slept, my mind instead racing with thoughts of all the neat stuff I could do. Having finally found an outlet for those creative impulses, I bought a lathe of my own as soon as I could. After gaining some practice (making LOTS of rather fancy kindling wood in the process), I opened up my Etsy shop.


What inspires you?

Most of what I make is practical – bowls, platters, etc. I like the idea of making something that’s useful, but functions as art when you’re not using it. I also like the challenge of making something out of wood that others don’t find useful; many of my pieces were crafted from scrap wood someone was looking to get rid of, or the occasional log from the cordwood we would have otherwise burned in our woodstove.


What do you enjoy most about working with wood?

Wood has such a wide range of colors and textures that it’s beautiful all on its own. My favorite woods are those that have figured grain – curly maple with its tiger-stripe patterns, the swirls in burls, or even the streaks in straight-grained wood. I especially like wood that has some sort of figuring – knots, burls, curly grain, even the occasional insect holes – that make for unique pieces. I prefer simple designs that allow the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself. 


Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop and describe your process in designing and making it.

I recently made a plate that features three different types of wood – cherry, curly maple, and black walnut. I tried it out just to challenge myself and try something a little more difficult, but I like the idea of using the contrasting textures and colors from the different woods. Most of my designs are pretty vague – often, they don’t progress much beyond a quick sketch on a piece of scrap paper – but I spent some time laying out the pattern and making painstakingly precise cuts. I don’t pat myself on the back very often, but I was pretty pleased with the result.





Carl is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader a hand-turned tea light! To enter the random drawing to win, just leave a comment on this post. Comments will be close in the evening of April 7 and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Get an additional two entries! First, you can add Carlski's Woodworks to your favorites on Etsy. Second, you can share this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook. Make sure to leave a comment for each extra so they can be counted.

And the lucky winner is...
Jenny
"Beautiful work!"

Thank you, Carlski's Woodworks!

76 comments:

  1. I cannot have enough of them, I love this one!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  2. Added the shop to my Etsy favourites, as DESPINA VNT


    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  3. I love wood and candle holders, I'd love this...

    Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

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  4. I would love this! How beautiful!!!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  5. I added his shop to my etsy favorites! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  6. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/186594194847055873

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  7. Looks awesome!
    sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

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  8. I hearted the shop on Etsy

    Etsy Name: sparmeland

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  9. I would love to win this! Please enter me into your giveaway

    magspie9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I tweeted about your giveaway

    https://twitter.com/#!/magspie0/status/186612729434476545

    magspie9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I love his work! I also like the idea of making art that is useful.

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  12. Love this.. really unique and beautiful

    iesspod(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I would love to win this, wood is perfect for home design.
    redalepou(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I added Carlski's Woodworks to my favorites on Etsy: MelissaLulu
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  15. I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/LuluFleg/status/186717208792141824
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  16. I've been decorating my home of late, and these would be ideal!

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  17. favourited on Etsy! Etsy name Lillea

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  18. tweet https://twitter.com/#!/LilleaRaychel/status/186730588265385984

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  19. Wow I would love the chance to win. I love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/81513918/cherry-platter
    susand1408 at googlemail dot com

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  20. I have hearted on etsy susand1408
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  21. https://twitter.com/#!/susand1408/status/186747132492001280
    tweeted about
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  22. I love a candle holder. It's so cute.

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  23. This tea light holder would make my bedroom. Just love it!!
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  24. thanks for this giveaway!
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  25. added to my etsy faves
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  26. There is nothing like handcrafted wood pieces. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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  27. I favorite the shop on etsy: Selmica Kiki
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  28. I tweeted> https://twitter.com/#!/SelmicaKiki/status/186911187315855360
    selmicak3@hotmail.com

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  29. this is so lovely! i'd love so much to win this...
    my email is awiegman at gmail dot com!!

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  30. His work is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  31. I hearted the etsy shop -- username bokononist

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  32. Ooh! Yarn bowl! Awesome!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  33. My husband would LOVE your shop. Hope this is open to Canadians (I can send it to a US mailing address is necessary). Your pieces are beautiful, thanks for giving me the chance of owning one.

    swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  34. I hearted your Etsy shop (JourneysofTheZoo).swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  35. i shared on fb (and google).
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/JourneysofTheZoo/posts/371909299516409

    swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  36. I dont know if its international :)
    I shared it on my fb giveaway page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Internet-nagradne-igre-International-giveaways/254190387970127
    if it isnt, never mind, just came by to say its great, handmade is always lovely but I love people who make everything with love from wood
    kisses from serbia

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  37. The maple bowl is beautiful.

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  38. I like the maple bowl. So simple and elegant.

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  39. I added as a favorite also! thanks.

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  40. Lovely giveaway.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  41. I'd love this! it's so warm and natural!
    lilelizabee AT gmail.com

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  42. Beautiful wood working!! LOVE IT!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  43. I heart Carlski's Woodworks on facebook (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  44. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/zaira_faith/status/187413458667573248

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  45. woooooooooooooooooow,fag giveaway.
    hugs

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  46. heart etsy shop (betsabea)

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  47. This is so awesome!

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  48. Hearted the Etsy shop – bloomingblossom

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  49. This is so beautiful! I'd use it for pujas.

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  50. so cute


    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  51. What beautiful products! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. I hearted the etsy shop as sandyandcosmo.

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  53. What beautiful work- such talent! Pls count me in!

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  54. Love your work! I'll keep following you ;)
    ngovedar [@] gmail [.] com

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  55. beautiful!
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  56. beautiful work! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  57. Some really beautiful items! Wow! Would love to win. Thank you! kath dot grahn at gmail dot com

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  58. Added to my favorite Etsy shops under GrahnolaMum - thank you! kath dot grahn at gmail dot com

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  59. Shared this giveaway on Twitter under @redgalracer - thank you! kath dot grahn at gmail dot com

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  60. Left a comment (:

    chocolates_smiles@hotmail.com

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  61. Such beautiful work! So very talented.

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  62. absolutely gorgeous woodworking here! SO excited to have the chance to win! Thanks tons!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  63. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/MsTofuFairy/status/188275121839030272
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  64. I faved/hearted them via Etsy as FotoMacro.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  65. It's a great work!
    dulcidea at live dot it

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  67. Favourited the etsy shop as ButterfliesSky

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  68. Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ButterfliesSky/status/188645452084805634

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  69. What beautiful work, heck ya, enter me in for one! ambrerose at-aol-dot-com

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  70. You have such a gift for creating beautiful objects from wood. I'm so impressed! I'd be elighted to win this treasure.
    jlgibbings (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  71. This is some beautiful woodwork and a great giveaway

    efusty06 at yahoo dot com

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