S. ARTHUR SHOEMAKER


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Portrait of Art or Nelda Shoemaker

S. Arthur Shoemaker is a graduate of Millersville University and Famous Artist’s School. He taught industrial arts for 32 years but has worked longer than that as a self-taught woodcarver. He is a juried member, past president, and craft show chairman of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

His carvings reflect distinct humor and realism with intricate detail and a unique finish combining oil stain over acrylic and an application of paste wax. His wife, Nelda, helps with the painting. He prefers basswood and sugar pine. His designs are original, with special emphasis on animals, caricatures, and whimsical and historical renditions of Saint Nicholas.

Shoemaker created a carving for the White House Christmas tree, and his work has been shown in the regular and Christmas versions of the Directory of Traditional American Crafts since 1994, with one of his carvings appearing on the front cover in 2002. He contributes instructive articles on woodcarving to Wood Carving Illustrated magazine and has appeared as a featured woodcarver. He also appeared in the Reader’s Digest video “America the Beautiful.”

As a member of the Lancaster Moravian Church, he has carved more than 30 figures for the church putz, depicting the nativity story in 12 scenes. He believes in and works toward educating both adults and young people in woodcarving. He holds many awards, and his carvings are in several permanent museum collections as well as private collections all over the world.

Shoemaker Woodcarving
2025 Plymouth Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-393-3266
Fax: 7173932330
Email: shoemakerwdcarv@aol.com
Website: www.shoemakerwoodcarving.com

S. Arthur Shoemaker has been selected for the following Directories:

2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Holiday
HOLIDAY
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Santas
SANTAS
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Santas
SANTAS
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Santas
SANTAS
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2005
Year: 2005, 
				Category: Holiday
HOLIDAY
2005
Year: 2005, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2004
Year: 2004, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
2001
Year: 2001, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
2000
Year: 2000, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1999
Year: 1999, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1998
Year: 1998, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1997
Year: 1997, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1996
Year: 1996, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1995
Year: 1995, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
1994
Year: 1994, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated March 24, 2015
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