Christine Coffman was first taught to carve by her
father in 1963. Self-taught from that time, her style
has become distinct and reflective of her North
European heritage. The figures originate in pencil
sketches, then develop during the carving process.
Linden wood is used due to the perfect
pairing of it's properties to her needs. Linden wood
is light and strong. The grain is straight and allows
fine knife strokes to create a smooth surface.
Butternut wood is used for it's interesting grain
patterns. Both woods are native to eastern United
Each carving is signed and dated then
finished with tung oil to seal and protect the wood.
Some of her carvings are whimsical.
Some are serious. In each carving she attempts, she
hopes that people will see reflected in her work the
satisfaction she derives from carving.