Seashore Carvings                        .

Inspired by the ocean

Bob Bohannon - artist/carver

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

2019 was another year of growth:  in the complexities of requests for custom carvings that I hadn't done before and in the response of visitors/collectors at my shows. It always feels like a reunion - catching up with them on what's been going on since the last get-together, hearing feedback on my latest work, listening to their ideas for new carvings. An upbeat experience! 

My business name is my inspiration: the life and energy in and around the ocean. I'm often asked about the steps I go through from start-to-finish. It's a multi-step process and time-intensive.

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 from the sawmills and lumberyards I purchase from - and in the preferred size. Since I like carving in 3-D, the depth of the wood can be from 2 inches to 8-10 inches. I use a few hand and power tools and a unique small circular chainsaw. I then apply up to 9 acrylic and 5 stain colors 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 sunlight splits into many colors when passing through a prism. I apply a special high-gloss finish that highlights each carving detail while providing maximum moisture and UV protection for outdoor or indoor display. 

2020  is off to a great start with a line-up of several custom orders that range in size from 3 feet to 8 feet. These customers have become 'collectors' - as other artists like to refer to them as - from NJ to the Outer Banks of NC. As a result of the time required for these carvings, I'm continuing to participate in a limited number of shows on the East Coast. Here's what's in the works (*to be confirmed):
January - March  
       I've got a busy start to the year with several custom carvings in the works plus preparing   
       for upcoming shows with new and unique designs. Thankfully the ideas keep coming! 

           4-5  Gloucester Daffodil Festival - Gloucester, Virginia  
                  Daffodil Festival cancelled due to coronavirus        
            18  East Beach Art Show - East Beach, Norfolk, Virginia
                  East Beach Show cancelled due to the coronavirus
            26  Art on the Square
- Williamsburg, Virginia
                  Art on the Square cancelled due to coronavirus
       16-17  Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival - Ghent: Norfolk, Virginia
                  Stockley Gardens cancelled due to coronavirus
       30-31  Art in the Middle - Middle Peninsula: Hewick Plantation, Urbanna, Virginia
Art in the Middle cancelled due to coronavirus..
              6  Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show - Bethany Beach, Delaware
       27-28  Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival - Lewes, Delaware
              4  St. Peter's Art Show - Lewes, Delaware
Hatteras Art Guild Arts & Crafts Show - Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks NC   

           8-9  Spotsy Art Festival - Montross, Virginia
       29-30  Seawall Art Show - Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia

              5  Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival - Bethany Beach, Delaware 
       25-27  Neptune Festival* - Virginia Beach Boardwalk
       17-18  Autumn With Topsail Art Festival - North Topsail Beach, NC
           6-8  Bodacious Christmas Art Show - Hampton, Virginia
       27-28  Cape Hatteras Christmas Art Show - Buxton, Outer Banks NC
          4-6  Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Also on this year's schedule is a new website. It's in the design stage right now and should be online by the end of March. I believe you'll find its new format easier to navigate plus being more accessible on your cell phone. In addition you'll be able to order your favorite carvings online - custom made for you. In the meantime I'll be adding new carvings to this
Gallery so please sign back in to see them plus updates to my schedule.

In the meantime, if you have a special request please email me at or text me at 757-416-4760.

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 -

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