Seashore Carvings                     

Inspired by the ocean

Bob Bohannon - artist/carver



Thank you for your interest in Seashore Carvings. I’m Bob Bohannon, artist/carver.

I just wrapped up 2018 with so many excellent shows and custom orders from new and returning customers ('collectors' as other artists like to say). The custom carvings included new and unique designs that challenged me in such a positive way. I'm now doing even more 3-Dimensional carvings and have received show awards in that category. Life is all about moving forward and I like the challenge of figuring out how to bring each carving to life.

My inspiration comes from the life and energy in and around the ocean. I'm often asked about the steps I go through from start-to-finish. Here's a summary:
I start by sketching the design in its size and proportions. I've found that anything I can sketch, I can carve. I then select the wood species - reclaiming whenever possible - and in whatever size is preferred. Since I like carving in 3-D, the depth of the wood can be from 2 inches to 8-10 inches. The deeper details create the life-like contours and proportions that bring each piece to life. I use a few hand and power tools and a unique circular chainsaw. I then apply up to 9 acrylic and 4 stain colors from nature's color palette with my 
'water-fusing' and 'torch-painting' techniques. These result in every piece having the appearance of double and triple the number of colors when seen from different angles - like the way that light splits into many colors when passing through a prism. I apply a special high-gloss finish that highlights each carving detail while providing maximum protection for outdoor-indoor display. 

2019  is off to a great start with a line-up of custom orders. In addition I've been asked to expand my display area in the new "Absolutely Outer Banks" gift shop in Kitty Hawk, NC. And, as I did last year, I'm continuing to schedule a limited number of shows along the East Coast. Here's what's in the works:
January - March  
       A busy start to the year with orders for several custom carvings in addition to carving for the 
       larger display in Absolutely Outer Banks and getting ready for the shows.

           6-7  Gloucester Daffodil Festival - Gloucester, Virginia           
              4  East Beach Art Show - East Beach, Norfolk, Virginia
       18-19  Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival - Ghent: Norfolk, Virginia
              1  Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show - Bethany Beach, Delaware
              6  St. Peter's Art Show - Lewes, Delaware
  13 The Lewes Historical Society's Summer Craft Fair - Lewes, Delaware    
    1-2  Hatteras Art Guild Arts & Crafts Show - Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks NC
         9-10  Spotsy Art Festival - Montross, Virginia
       24-25  Seawall Art Show - Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia

              7  Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival - Bethany Beach, Delaware 
       27-29  Neptune Festival - Virginia Beach Boardwalk
       19-20  Autumn With Topsail Art Festival - North Topsail Beach, NC
         8-10  Bodacious Christmas Art Show - Hampton, Virginia
       29-30  Cape Hatteras Christmas Art Show - Buxton School, Outer Banks NC
           6-8  Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - Fredericksburg, Virginia 

If you have a special request, please email me at or text me at 757- 416 - 4760.

I'll be adding new carvings to my
Gallery every month so please sign back in to see them plus updates to my schedule.

Carving is a gift I've been blessed with and enjoy sharing. That's why when you select one of my carvings, it's the highest compliment I can receive:  when my art becomes yours.

All the best - Bob

Website Builder