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  1. Hey Janel So I spoke to my mother a few days ago and she told me that she grew up in Apple Valley, so I was wrong hah, it was other family who lived near Brainerd. I'm in the south west of Western Australia myself, it's uncomfortably hot here right now even though it's supposed to be autumn. We've got frogs all around the area, they're mostly motorbike frogs, you can really hear them at night. 9 year old frogs? Well you must have taken really good care of the little guys, I bet they don't often get that old in the wild. I love Hape's work, he's really easy to get on with to
  2. Hi Janel, thank you. I'm not 100% sure what parts they come from but I believe Duluth and Brainerd have been mentioned in the past. I know they had a cabin by a lake but I doubt that narrows it down any. Yes I was super lucky to have had that experience with Sue Wraight, more recently, I believe 2018-19, Hape Kiddle has come and done some workshops with the guild, not sure if you know of his work but he's really great, he usually plays with flowing forms in sort of abstract natural looking shapes. His website is here: https://www.hapekiddle.com/ I recommend checking it out, they're l
  3. Hi I'm Brokk Svendsen. Apparently I had joined this forum 10 years ago! I forgot I was a member but I still have the same email so I was able to get a new password. I've been carving for about 15 years, solidly for the past 7-8 or so. I'm 32 years old. I live in Perth Western Australia, born and raised, though both of my parents come from Minnesota USA. My grandfather ('Pop') inspired and taught me to carve and we're members of the Wandi woodcarvers guild. I teach beginners with Pop twice a month for the guild (1st and 3rd saturdays of each month) and I find that teaching helps on
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