Northern Spotted Owl
Landing majestically, this bird of prey is the latest in a long line of Brian's aviary creations. Hand carved from African Mahogany this Northern Spotted Owl has over 60,000 cuts defining his uplifted wings.
We hand carve custom design beer tap handles. Every tap handle we carve is as unique as the person who will own it. Have a tap design you want for your bar? We can help you make that happen.
Our hand carved wooden version of those famous rubberized clogs are on display in Berlin, Germany at the DUVE Gallery. They are part of their "Very New Works" exhibit. We are proud to be on display with such fine artists.
The Human Brain
Were on display throughout 2012 in 21 NYC Hospitals. The display has been extended into 2013.
We were challenged by a Neurologist to carve the human brain from solid black walnut and here it is. It was so well received by the Physicians and Administration of one of the country's largest hospitals, North Shores University Hospital in Long Island, NY that it is being displayed in their main lobby as well as 20 other hospitals throughout the New York City area. We are very proud to have this special carving displayed in the largest hospital system in the United States. We are humbled by the honor.
"I Love You"
Around here we use the American Sign Language sign for I Love You everyday. What a beautiful statement to someone you love. An I Love You that never stops expressing your feelings. These four pieces are life size and truly special. Order your gift of love today.
A Box Of Books
This hand carved stack of books is also a box. Created and carved for the National Best Selling Author, Maile Meloy as an anniversary gift from her husband. Each of the 5 books Maile has written are represented with her latest novel serving as the lid. The books are the size of normal hard back books. We specialize in unique gifts for any occasion, especially anniversaries. Contact us and let's create something memorable.
The green man has arrived at H.W.C. and he is spectacular! Carved from clear white cedar, this green man is reminiscent of ancient Celtic versions. This piece, titled "Verdant" was recently featured as the focal point of an artist of the month award for Brian and his body of work. Verdant has finally been added to the online catalog, but only for the someone that finds him as special as we do. Another Green Man has joined Verdant at HWC, "Dalen", check him out on our online catalog page.
We were challenged by a liquor distributor in California to create a Ketel One Vodka bottle beer tap handle. Here is our wooden masterpiece of a life sized Ketel One Vodka bottle. Like all our tap handles this one came ready to use as soon as it was unpacked. Stay thirsty my friends.
Law Enforcement Badges
When we are commissioned to create a law enforcement badge or logo we are humbled by the honor. We know what the icon represents and how much it means to the person wearing it. We do not take the significance lightly. People often ask, what I like to carve most, without question it is a badge. I connect with the carving and take every effort to ensure it is worthy of those wearing the original. I am never more filled with pride than when an officer is moved by my carving of their badge. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege!
Custom Hand Carved Beer Tap Handles
Here are a few samples of the beer tap handles we have carved for clients across North America. Lacrosse sticks, Grizzly Bears, Tiki's and dogs are just some of the subjects we have turned into custom beer tap handles. Basement home bars, restaurants and micro-breweries have our taps in use drawing home brews and international brands. Let us know how we can customize a tap handle for you.
What a Cute Couple!
There are heirlooms and there are Heirlooms. This custom wedding cake topper is sure to be an Heirloom for generations to come. Carved from a black walnut burl and mounted on silver granite, this playful, loving couple are forever together. We always love working with families and creating legacy pieces that bring smiles and joy. Contact us and let's get started on yours.
Carved from a series of actual photos of Helmut "Speedy" Clasen. Speedy rode dirt bikes for 60 years before hanging up the helmet and retired from the sport this year. A member of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall Of Fame, Speedy is a living legend in motorcycle circles. It was a privilege to create this wood sculpture of such an amazing man.
"The Golden Arches"
One of the world’s most recognized icons, the Arches of McDonald’s. Brian was commissioned to carve this piece of Americana for the President and C.O.O. of McDonald’s Corporation worldwide. The privilege and challenge to recreate such a well known image was not taken lightly. Brian invested scores of hours in honing this sculpture to be an artistic and accurate reflection of the "Golden Arches". Carved from Cuban Mahogany, these arches were designed to recognize the achievements of the leader of one of America’s great companies. We are proud to have added this work of wood art to the legacy that is McDonald’s.
We were challenged, honored and privileged to create this commission piece for Gretchen Wilson. The challenge was to create a design that incorporated Gretchen's "27" logo and the fact that the number itself is something of a puzzle. With just those instructions we set out to design and create a very special, one of a kind wood art treasure. The frame is handmade in cherry as is the "27" logo itself. The background is a poplar hand carved jigsaw puzzle that features items, places and moments in Gretchen's life. This piece was presented in a cloth lined and padded cedar box that was also a HipShot Wood original. It was our great joy to be asked to create such a unique and special work of art.
What a great way to celebrate an anniversary. A carving of your children created from an actual photgraph of them as they walk hand in hand through the park. This beautiful piece rsides with the happy family in France.
"Gonna Fly Now" aka "ROCKY"
This was a departure from my normal work and style. This woodcarving began as a soil covered, ragged, Red Oak root. Only after I began working with it did I find the inspiration that became "Rocky". The root had grown around and engulfed a stone. The placement of this stone was almost as if it were the heart of root. A heart of stone. Fists raised triumphantly after beating the odds. Now you know how my abstract of "Rocky" came about. Do you hear the movie theme song yet? You will!
HipShot featured on DIY Television!
The DIY Television Network sent a film crew (a great group of professionals) to Kentucky to film Brian carving. Brian created a new woodcarving for the show that first aired in January 2009 (be on the look out for it in reruns). The title of the episode is "Carving Fabulous Works of Art With a Utility Knife" or DWDS - 204. The woodcarving Brian created was based on his existing work, titled "Windward", which you can see on this page. The television carving titled "Intrepid", is carved from black walnut and can be seen here. The experience was a first for HipShot and hopefully not the last. The picture above is Brian discussing the details with the shows Producer.
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