Wood Carver Bio - Floyd Rhadigan

I entered the world of woodcarving in 1970 with the help of a family friend, Smokey Joe. He was one of those characters who fascinated me as a child. He carved small animals,Indians and hill people. He had the aroma of wood and cigar smoke about him. Smokey Joe showed me the basics– how to use a pattern, how to cut out a blank on a band saw, and how to use and sharpen a carving knife, which he made from a straight razor. I used that knife and a box of patterns, and began to carve as much as I could.In those early days, there were very few carving tools on the market. A personcould find full-size mallet tools but little else. So I relied on my carving knife. In 1973,

I bought my first carving book, “HOW TO CARVE CHARACTERS IN WOOD” by H.S. “Andy” Anderson. This really opened my eyes to the type of carver I wanted to become. I carved every project in the book. This made me thirst for more. Then Harold Enlow came into my life with his book “CARVING FIGURE CARICATURES in the Ozark Style.” I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Harold not only carved the way I wanted to learn, but he also introduced me to palm tools. They were what was missing! Harold came out with more books, each as exciting as the first. I carved every idea in his books. I started to develop my own style, a mix between Ozark and Flat Plane Scandinavian.

I began to teach my style of carving in 1976 for the city of Mt Clemens’ Adult Ed Program. I moved from Mt. Clemens to Warren, Michigan and started teaching for the Warren Parks & Rec. Dept. In 1991, I moved to Saline, Mi. where I started teaching a weekly carving class and began participating in Wood Carving shows around the state, As my work became known, my teaching increased. I started to teach at the two major woodcarving seminars in Michigan, CREATIVE WOODCARVING SEMINAR in Cadillac and the M.W.C.A [Michigan Wood Carvers Association] in Oscoda. I now instruct annually at the Woodcarvers Round Up in Evart, Mi. and the North East Carver’s Round Up in Honesdale, PA.

I also conduct one and two day seminars for individuals and carving clubs. Wood Carving has opened many doors for me. I have met some of the greatest people in the world and have been awarded many honors by carvers who are my heroes. I have a lot more to learn on this journey. May we meet and carve together along the way!
Floyd Rhadigan

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Sample Videos

Introduction to Caricature Carving
Woodcarving & Painting the Caricature Santa

Floyd's current and future Videos

Introduction to Caricature CarvingsCaricatureFloyd RhadiganLink
Woodcarving a Caricature CowboyCaricatureFloyd RhadiganLink
Painting the Caricature CowboyCaricatureFloyd RhadiganLink
Woodcarving a SantaCaricature/HolidayFloyd RhadiganLink