Chris Donnelly

Fascinated by their shapes, colors, and mechanical design, Chris Donnelly was driven to collect antique wooden fishing lures. By the early 90s, he was inspired to make them himself. Looking for a way to express further emotion and character, he ultimately ventured into carving wooden people. Captivated by this endeavor, he carved hundreds of wooden figures within the first few years. Using only basic carving tools, such as gouges, files, and knives, he sculpted from his unadulterated imagination. According to Donnelly, "These figures emerge from everyday life, memories, old photos, family, and myself."


Chris Donnelly was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 “It’s heavy, it’s hard, it’s wood. It’s better than bad, it’s good.”      -Ren and Stimpy
  • Uncut wood, beginning stage.
  • Rough drawing
  • Some of my tools, Adze , gouge chisels, draw knife/spoke shave, rasp, knife.
  • First rough out cuts
  • Working the draw knife
  • Gouging away with a large gouge/chisel
  • Getting closer !
  • Paint
  • Finishing painting

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