Sunday, March 09, 2014

No More Woolies

Dear Friends of Wooliedales,

Sadly, there will be no more Woolies.

Carol, my dear wife, passed from this life to her glorious reward in Heaven on February 11, 2014. She has fought a valiant battle against MDS, then leukemia, since June 2012.

Many people have drawn inspiration from Carol’s work, first begun in 2000, and have gone on to become excellent felters in their own right.

Always giving, Carol donated 10% of the proceeds from her dog sculptures to a rescue organization for that breed and often donated Woolies to rescue groups for raffles and fundraisers.

To her many friends and customers, we are so very grateful for your support over the years.

I will keep the website active for a time so that some of her beautiful work will live on in pictures.

This is one of the last Woolies she felted, much to the delight of nurses and staff, while hospitalized in November, 2013.

I miss her greatly.

David Usher


David Usher

Saturday, June 08, 2013

A Woolies Elephant

Experts have observed pachyderms' behavior and concluded that they rank among the smartest in the animal kingdom. 

And it seems that the old adage that elephants never forget may be particularly true in the case of matriarchs, who lead the herd and encode what's necessary for survival, such as food location and family identification. The dominant females build up a social memory as they get older, enabling them to recognize "friendly" faces. The older she is, the more effective she is. Her death is tragic for the group, and poachers usually target her, as she possesses the largest tusks in the herd of females. 

Elephants also travel in packs and when the group gets too big, the eldest daughter breaks off to start her own contingent, yet she never forgets her roots. One researcher witnessed a mother and daughter elephant recognizing each other after 23 years of separation.

(Good, huh? But forget about this one: Elephants eat 160 to 350 pounds (72 to 158 kilograms) of food each day!!!)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Arctic Friends- Musk Oxen

These two fellas were commission by a clothier in Alberta, CA who specializes in qiviut fiber garments. He furnished the rare and costly musk ox fiber, one of the word's softest, that covers these sculptures.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New Minidales - "Littermates"

Update April 2, 2012: All these guys sold on eBay. Thank you!

  • March 17, 2012: Littermates are on eBay with 3 days left to bid!
  • March 6, 2012: These Minidale "Littermates" will soon be on eBay. Watch for them!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Last eBay Listings for 2011 - in time for Christmas

Last bunch of Woolies at bargain prices before Christmas... go take a look (click on the links below to take you directly to the eBay auction)

-A "King of the Jungle" ROARING in true lion fashion!

- An Inuit hunter ready for the hunt

- An Inuit-style owl

-A red-neck turtle on a "moss"-covered rock in a cozy home of sand pebbles

-(relisted) One Border Collie disk dog jumping for a red Frisbee

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Kudos From a New Woolies Owner

The owner of a new Woolie, a Rat Terrier named Max, sent this to me earlier this week. I am very humbled. You can see two pictures of him below.

" did a beautiful job with the Wooliedale... I hardly know where to start! ... it really looks like a miniature version of him ready to do......something!  I marvel at your ability to capture the musculature and implied energy in an animal... I love his tail... I love the back of his head and how the brown of his fur shines above the black... the little tiny white spots in the black part of his coat.  I love the underside ...his whole posture... his muzzle and chin ...the fuzziness/fur-i-ness around his mouth.  And, I'm sure there are more things, too. So, thank you so very, very much! "

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Blue Ribbon at 2011 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

It was a cool and rainy weekend on October 1 and 2 at the Tunbridge, Vermont Fairgrounds, but this ensemble of sheep was a prize winner in the needle felting contest.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Couple of Romantics

A couple of romantics... one of my latest pieces 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Italian Mountain Bagpiper

Here's a new Italian needle felted mountain bagpiper.