About Our Carvings
aka Scheumack Broom Company
"Hand Carved". What does that mean? To some people that might mean a human hand actually pushes the button that turns on the machine that causes the machine to mechanically reproduce something from an original or inject a mold with resins that look like wood.
We've seen some great work done with grinders, rotary and pneumatic tools. We've tried it and always came back to the hand tools. The knife, chisel and gouge. The constant noise, fine sawdust and cumbersome protective gear were aesthetically just not right for us and we always returned to the knife.
Our carvings are “hand carved” using traditional tools and techniques. We believe that hand tools work with the nature of the wood better and the overall quality is better. Certainly we prefer the peaceful environment of a hand tool versus that of loud machinery.
The “Green Man” or “Tree Spirits”are our signature carvings. They are an ancient carving style dating back to the middle ages. Similar sculptures can be found in many cultures through many ages, from the totem poles of our native Americans to primitive European carvings you can still stumble upon in the Black Forest of Austria and Switzerland.
You know how sometimes a tree appears to have a face or animal in it because of the way the shape of the tree, the bark and knots are placed. It used to be commonly believed that every tree was alive (which, of coarse, it is). If the spirit would appear to you and you could capture it, good fortune would follow. The folk art evolved from this.
Now, we don't guarantee the luck part ….... BUT, we've certainly never known the little fellows to do any harm! It is also possible to do custom carvings during certain times of the year, if we're not too busy.