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Heirloom Ornaments

Diehl, Bob — Heirloom Ornaments

Louisville, KY


0rnaments, sculptures

Twenty years ago, Bob Diehl found himself a single parent in need of a home based business for income. Fascinated by some inlaid wood he had seen at a crafts fair, Diehl started his journey with wood. When he was given a book about German paper cuttings called “Scherrenschnitte” he got to thinking, “Why not try these patterns in wood?” He soon began experimenting making and selling wooden ornaments that were derived from these German patterns. When asked to do a horse trophy, he started creating works with horses as the theme.

 Diehl uses a special type of plywood called Baltic Birch from which he cuts his sculptures with a power driven scroll saw. The scroll saw has a very thin blade which allows Diehl to cut intricate curves and make sharp turns in the portraits he creates. He uses the scroll saw to remove the negative spaces in the sculpture and ends up with what looks like a drawing in wood. The works are finished by spraying them with a lacquer blend.

 Bob Diehl’s work can also be found at Artique, Lexington, KY; Gourd Patch, Cynthiana, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Kentucky Haus, Newport, KY, and Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; and All Things Celtic, Louisville, KY.