Santa Wood Carvings

Marcia Berkall

Hand Carved Santa Claus Wood Carvings

Whittlins N Wood Santa Claus with Canada Goose
Item Sku: MB4
Whittlins 'N Wood Santa Claus with Canada Goose


Whittlins N Wood Harvest Santa
Item Sku: MB2
Whittlins 'N Wood Harvest Santa

$700.00 / $545.00

Whittlins N Wood Santa Claus with Loon, Owl and Swan
Item Sku: MB1
Whittlins 'N Wood Santa Claus with Loon, Owl and Swan


Whittlins 'N Wood
by Marcia Berkall

Wood Carving & Wood Sculpture by Marcia Berkall

Much of my work is influenced by the beauty, history and natural resources of Maine.  Of particular intrigue is the concept of giving "new life to old wood".  Not only is using "found" wood ecologically sound, but it supports a belief that wood is alive and therefore dynamic. In driftwood, tree spirits appear and in wooden lobster buoys of yesterday emerge the faces of the fabled downeast fishermen.  Carved of native pine or basswood and painstakingly hand painted, my free-standing downeast fishermen continue the nautical theme.  You will also find the Maine influence in some of my original, copyrighted, Old World and contemporary santa designs.
Whittlins 'N Wood
by Marcia Berkall

I never planned to be a woodcarver. Actually, as a kid with 3 artistically and musically talented sisters, I was thoroughly convinced that there was nothing artistic about me. It wasn't until I was nearing the age of 40 that I decided to do "something stupid" and take an Adult Education drawing class. That ended up being one of those life-altering decisions.
While taking that class, I frequented the art section of the local library and came across some pictures of Henry Moore wood sculptures. I just HAD to try carving. Armed with a folding knife, a block of scrap construction fir, and a newly acquired E. J. Tangerman book, I started making chips until I ended up with a quirky little duck (or something) carving. I was hooked!
My first "real" carvings were pretty primitive looking Santas. People saw them and actually offered to pay real money for them!! A lot has changed since then. The road from hobbyist to full time, professional wood carver has been an exciting one. Growth is now a priority. My goals involve gaining as much knowledge, experience and skill as possible. And, through teaching, and recently, writing for "Carving Magazine", I am now able do my part in helping to keep the traditions of wood carving strong.
In the past, several of my carvings have been awarded ribbons in competition. Although I rarely do shows now, I have been invited to demonstrate carving at several events, including the American Folk Festival in Bangor,Maine, and the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.