Stainless Steels
   Wood Carving is pretty self-explanatory - it's a process taking a solid hunk of wood, removing the unwanted bits of it, leaving the finished carving. Wood Turning is simply wood carving that takes place on a rotating piece of wood. It doesn't matter what tool you use to remove the bad bits - it's all carving. And, carving isn't restricted to wood. Nearly any rigid or semi-rigid material can be carved. But it is important to understand the inherent qualities of the material you're going to carve not only know what tools and processes will best do the job, but also to ensure that your finished carving will endure ageing in the environment in which it's going to be displayed.

Below are some images of wood carving work that we've built.
   This piece is one side of an entryway into a breakfast nook. The entire entryway was carved out of solid cherry into an organic shape. The breakfast nook trestle-type table was also carved out of solid wood. Solid wood will shrink and swell in size dramatically over the course of a year - it changes dimension across the grain (not along the grain) with changes in the moisture content of the air. In winter when the heat's on, the air is very dry. In summer with the windows open the air is very moist. A dining table 44 inches across can increase or decrease a half inch in width between summer and winter. Your designs must be engineered to take this into account. If you restrict the natural expansion and contraction of wood it will pull itself apart over the course of the year.
   This is a view of the kitchen area of the same residence as the breakfast nook above. All the visible wood has been carved out of solid boards.
   This is a more traditional style of carving. The wood is Brazilian Rosewood, now no longer commercially available in the US in solid form (veneers only). This carving was performed during the restoration of a Weber grand piano from 1885.