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Bob Diehl, Louisville, KY

Heirloom Ornaments


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; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; Shaker Museum at South Union, South Union, KY; Taste of Kentucky, Louisville, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.

Kentucky Artisans; For more information click here. Blacksmith Bob Montgomery demonstrating at the Center.
Featured Exhibits; For more information click here. Churchill Weavers' loom at Grand Opening; image courtesy of John Perkins, Creative Services.
About Berea; For more information click here. Image courtesy of the Kentucky Dept. of Travel.
Kentucky Products; For more information click here. Pottery by Cynthia Carr; image courtesy of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.
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Last Updated: 1/31/2011
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