Welcome to Michael Keller Woodcarving Blog.  I am currently undergoing a name change from White Eagle Studios.  All links to White Eagle Studios’ web site will take you to the new Michael Keller Woodcarving site automatically.  Over time, this WordPress site will be making changes as well.  Thank you so much for joining me.

2014 B Walnut Eagle 1                                                                   Brazilian Walnut Eagle

With this site I hope to provide you with some basic instruction, carving tips and news on woodcarving and whittling.  Please check out the articles on the right column.  I hope you find them educational and helpful.

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Web Site

Please visit my web site at  www.MichaelKellerWoodcarving.com.   While my blog presents valuable information, my web site shows a representation of my work including pieces currently for sale.   You will also find information about classes, my background, and my Artist’s Statement.


Guest Contributor Don Mertz
You don’t want to miss the deeply meaningful discussion of  ‘Journey of  Woodcarving presented by Donald K. Mertz .  I think you will agree that this is written from the heart and powerfully expresses the woodcarving experience as you have never heard it before.  Obviously Don is a gifted carver and in September of 2009, he was elected to the membership of the Caricature Carvers of America.   I don’t know about you, but I like being friends with someone so talented.


Guest Contributor – Dick Anderson, On Heat Treating and For Fine Edges
Dick is a master edge tool maker and if anyone knows how to heat treat steel and the correct steels to use – it is Dick Anderson.  Dick Anderson has owned and operated Savage Forge for over 30 years.  I accidentally stumbled across tools made by Dick many years ago while visiting a boat building store in Anacortes, Washington.  Those tools remain special and some of my favorite tools today.  I have often stated that Dick’s tools have a personality of their own and perhaps even a bend toward magic.  Dick is a hold over from the good old days of high quality craftsmanship seldom found today.  Dick can be contacted at anderslynn@peoplepc.com , or (360) 856-4018 – PO Box 75, Clearlake, Washington 98235. Both Dick’s first article titled “For Fine Edges” and his current article, On Heat Treating may be found under the Guest Contributor’s tab.


Current Artist Spotlight
Please visit the Artists Tab for a complete discussion of a remarkable man and artist named Dudley Carter.

Please also see a feature articles on an American Master Woodcarver – Emil Janel and _Don Mertz, the WoodBeeCarver, an Ambassador of Woodcarving.

Important Disclosure:
Wood carving and whittling may be habit forming and could prevent you from engaging in household chores and other unpleasant tasks.  Carving is enjoyable and you may be prone to sharing it with others; thus, causing them to experience the same distractions from less pleasant tasks as you may experience yourself.

MTK Smiling Hat-New


“It is well with me only when I have a gouge or a carving knife in my hand.”  …modified adaptation of original quote by Michelangelo.


Serious Disclosure:

Woodcarving is inherently dangerous.  When using woodcarving tools be sure to read and follow all manufacturers instructions.  Utilize safety equipment such as carver’s gloves, a leather apron, chainsaw chaps, eye and ear protection, appropriate foot wear and other items as appropriate to your woodcarving activity.  Always be “carveful.”

Legal Notice:

Material presented in this site is subject to copy write laws and may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written permission of Michael Keller.


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