Daniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood Carver

Daniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood CarverBorn and raised in south central Pennsylvania, Dan was inspired by carvings made by early wood carvers, such as Schimmel, Mountz and Simmons, who used only a pocketknife to make their wares. This led him to carve using the same method. His goal is to continue with the traditional procedure to show people what can be achieved using only a pocketknife.

Since Dan buys his wood in random widths and lengths, he cuts out an oversize silhouette of the object that he wants to make with a band saw. The rest is done with only his pocketknife, no carving tools.

After the carving is complete, a gesso sealer is applied on the wood to close the pores, much like the white wash used years ago. Afterwards, paint is applied. An antiquing process, to give it an old appearance, finishes his carvings.

All Dan’s works are signed and dated for authenticity: D&DS + the year.

Dan has been carving since 1968. Some of his earlier carvings are often offered at public auctions, bringing substantially higher prices than what they sold for originally. His work has appeared in many books and national magazines. It can also be found in prominent, private collections as well as in the permanent collections of museums such as:

  • Cumberland County Historical Society
    Carlisle, PA
  • Landis Valley Farm Museum
    Landis Valley, PA
  • American Folk Art Museum
    Santa Fe, NM

Ordering Information
You may order any carvings you see in the photo gallery. Just contact us and we will work with you. If you want a custom piece, we will consider completing the order after discussing the piece with you.
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Daniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood CarverDaniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood Carver


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Please email or call 207-529-2109 to set up an appointment, or drop by.

Cordwood GalleryThe Cord Wood Gallery is open seasonally and for special events.

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Or visit these galleries in Damriscotta that carry Dan's carvings!

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Daniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood Carver

Daniel G. Strawser, Sr. Traditional Wood Carver
1011 Biscay Road, Bremen, Maine 04551


Links of Interest

Daniel G. Strawser, Jr. and the Strawser family of artists          American Folk Art Museum          Martin and Seiverling, LLC

Cumberland County Historical Society          Landis Valley Farm Museum          Brandywine River Museum

Daniel G. Strawser Traditional Wood Carver