Times have changed. Markets have changed. SONRISE WOODCARVING STUDIO has changed. I haven’t retired or abandoned by any means the skills and wisdom of almost forty years of woodcarving and woodworking. But I certainly have had to come to grips with the 21st century’s technology and with the reality of a global marketplace overflowing with craftspeople of every skill level creating a plethora of handwork at prices with which we in America are simply unable presently to reasonably compete.
With machines able to reproduce an endless offering of tacky garbage and even quality decorative art in just about any imaginable natural or man-made material, and with tens of thousands of competent artisans in many cases slaving away in third world countries creating passable hand-crafted woodwork and wood-resin castings to delight most casual eyes, I have opted to limit my carving and sculpture skills to those select projects that simply cannot be mass-produced, or outsourced, or computer-generated; which require truly creative imagination and fine design and a master’s skill. Somewhere between five and fifteen percent of the market still appreciates such things, and searches after them. The work that Marilyn and I accomplish stands at the near end of a rich tradition of American pride and craftsmanship that still means a great deal to a goodly group of patriotic folks, and which ought to be remembered in this day when the whole world seems to be struggling over what really should be valued and demand the best energies of our lives.
This web gallery showcases some of my past woodcarving and woodworking: A photo record of several decades. Thank you for appreciating my work. I am always available to consider commissions. I especially enjoy creating Coats-of-Arms.
For the moment, this site is going to function primarily as a portfolio. My wife and I are presently gearing up to take up some new creative challenges as the Spring breaks out, and I intend to get back to more regular updates of these pages in the days to come. If you want to chat about some special project I can be contacted by email and we can develop your idea.
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To the Glory of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
R. Stephan Toman