Process /

How wood is transformed into a work of art

Case Studies: The Making of...

Stories of the making of three amazing sculptures including detailed photos. Each has a unique approach to its creation. Click on the stories below to display the process. Images in the stories can then be clicked on to zoom them in closer.

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Bill Heynen - Woodcarver / Sculptor - Bobcat_thumb


Our friends, Bob and Sue Delgado, showed me a photograph Bob had taken of a bobcat prowling around their backyard pool near the San Gabriel Mountains in La Verne, California. We agreed it would make a great scuplture. Using his picture as a base, this figure emerged. They now enjoy the stealthy bobcat on a daily basis.

Bill Heynen - Woodcarver / Sculptor - Elephant_thumb

Roaming Elephant Herd

When a friend removed a Walnut tree from his backyard, he offered me a Walnut Wood Burl. To be disease resistant, English Walnut is grafted onto a Black Walnut base. After the 1000 pound Black Walnut Wood Burl was removed from the ground, a tractor pulled the wood wrapped in chains down the street & pushed it up a driveway pad. The irregularity of the burl suggested the idea of a large Freeform Sculpture.

Bill Heynen - Woodcarver / Sculptor - Wolf_thumb


Narra Wood from the Philippines was imported to furnish a new home in Colorado with exceptional doors, mantles and floors. The excess wood was made available to me. Because this hard wood has a unique color and grain structure, a design concept involving a prowling wolf came to mind.