Feature Members

Arnim Rodeck - Door Maker

 There is something about beautiful wooden doors that project a sense of beauty and awe. Such is the case with all the projects created by Arnim Rodeck. If you ever get a chance to see one of his doors in person, you will understand what we mean. Arnim has developed a creative process for making his doors that combines the large size of a door with the intricacy of detail. He creates beautiful works of functional art. After all, who wouldn't want to have beautiful hand carved door for the entrance to their home. Not only does it set "tone" of house and owners, it creates an entrance to an artistic and indivdual setting that sets it'self apart from other homes by it's unique entrance.

Scroll Artist Kathy Lindsey

 Kathy Lindsey discovered making things in wood in the late 1980s. Since that time she has fallen in love with woodworking and in making cabinets, shelves, tables and anything she can, from wood.  As a self taught woodworker Kathy tried many different types of woodworking, until one day she decided to try intarsia. She was fascinated by the attention to detail, and how each piece or wood became like a building block that formed a picture. Each intarsia piece is unique and each piece has it's own features. She now looks at everything as a potential intarsia project, from objects to scenery.  As a woodwoker who wants to push he boundaries, Kathy can do just that with intarsia. The medium of using smaller pieces of wood to "paint" a picture is actually based on ancient art forms.

As a woodworker living on the Oregon Coast, Kathy has a wide variety of local and exotic woods that she can use to form her intarsia creations.

The framed tiger piece has almost a ninety pieces in it. The woods used were Cocobola, Maple, walnut, and Spalded mahogany. The frame is made of fir.

The boat and pelican picture has 100 pieces in it and was made from Blue Pine, Mahogany, Walnut, Bolivian Rosewood, Poplar, Fir, Oak, Yew wood, Leopard wood, Yellowheart, Madron, Aspen, Maple and Myrtlewood. The frames made of Spalded mahogany.

To see more intarsia art visit her web site at www.katcatintarsia.com

Carver Bo Ihde

 This feature member hails from Sweden. Bo Ihde received his first knife at the age of 8, and has been carving ever since. His real love and talent for carving began in the mid 1990. Many of his carvings are inspired from Bronze Age stone carvings and his folk ancestry.

 The birdhead is a symbol for shamanism, an early form of religion. He also likes to produce graceful sculptures, and sometimes even comical pieces. Bo contends there is nothing more rewarding than a laughing spectator when viewing his humorous works of art. In terms of material, Bo prefers the Swedish Leaf Tree.

 For coloring, he often will use a strong coffee and an assortment of oils. For his larger works, Bo relies on a chainsaw to formulate the overview of the object then will also use electric drill and a combination of his own shaped knives and other hand tools. For more information you can contact him at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or link to his photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com/bo.ihde/BoIhdeSkulpturer#

Also check out Bo's carving in the Gallery Section .... 

Boat Builder Ray Klebba

Surprises can pop up in the most unexpected places. On a recent vacation to the Columbia River gorge area in Oregon, I discovered a most pleasant surprise … a cedar strip boat, kayak and canoe builder. Ray Klebba has been building water craft for over 20 years, and his skill shows in the finished products I saw and photographed. He actually refers to his water craft as “functional art” and I have to agree with him. Many of his pieces grace the luxurious interiors of many of America’s lodges and corporate offices. 

 The boat shop is situated on the main street of White Salmon, a small town just across the river from the city of Hood River. If you have never visited this area, bring your camera and be prepared for great scenery, wonderful people and the trip of a life time … but back to the boats works …

 When I visited Ray in his shop, he was working on a cedar strip canoe for a customer. The outside was pretty well done and Ray was working on the inside. What you cannot see from the pictures is what a beautiful boat this really is. There is something about cedar strip water craft, and the way the hull flows because of that gorgeous Vancouver Island cedar stripping that makes up the hull.



 For those woodworkers who would like to make their own cedar strip canoe, kayak or boat, you can even purchase any one of these kits from Ray’s “White Salmon Boat Works”. I have personally heard from a number of woodworkers who purchase canoe and kayak kits in the fall and build them over the winter then sell them in the spring for a modest profit. It’s a great way of making a few dollars, creating a beautiful work and keeping busy and woodworking. I’m sure many have family and friends who would love to have a beautiful wooden handcrafted kayak or canoe. If you are thinking of building a cedar strip water craft, I suggest you call Ray. He can provide you with a number of different options and ideas that can make your boat even more unique and beautiful … like adding accent strips. These are a bit more work, but in terms of looks and value they really add to any boat. The cool thing with adding these wooden accent pieces is that with a cedar strip boat or canoe, these accents are visible on the inside of the craft as well because they are not an inlay, but an integral part of the construction.

 Bookmatching top of kayak

The kits come complete with EVERYTHING you will need, including a detailed manual, in some cases a Power Point presentation of the assembly steps and processes. All you need to add are the tools, some time and your woodworking expertise. One thing I will forewarn you, these kits are not cheap … remember, these are cedar strip, not plywood boats … and huge difference in appearance and construction, but in many ways, easier to work with than plywood panels … and they do come with all the materials needed to put them together and finish them.


But wait, there is even more … if you live in the White Salmon area, or want to take a bit of an extended vacation to the area, you can even take a boat building course from Ray and build your own boat, canoe or kayak under the tutelage of a master water craft builder.

cedar strip boat


But do yourself a favor and have a look at his website, you will not be disappointed … www.raysdreamboats.com



Ray surrounded by pictures of his boats

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