Born 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
- Landis Valley Farm Museum
Landis Valley, PA
- American Folk Art Museum
Santa Fe, NM
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. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
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