I was born and raised here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Townsend, Tennessee area. At ten years old I started wood carving from scrap wood. My first carvings were tiny shoes, chickens, cows, and other farm animals. I would complete these carvings and then discard them as scrap. My uncle realized my talent and he would rescue these figures. Little did I know then that I would make wood carving my life-time career.
Now mountains and animals in this area inspire my carvings of deer, bear, mt. lions, snakes, wild hogs, and bobcats. My "way of life is wildlife;" however, I do carve cowboys, Indians, mountain men, dogs, totem poles, and a wide variety of subjects too numerous to mention. I enter my wood carvings in competitions. I have won Blue Ribbons in every competition I have entered, and have won Best of Show many times, plus People''s Choice awards.
Nearly fifteen years ago I started teaching others wood carving. I teach all levels of carving. Several of my students have won Blue Ribbons and People''s Choice awards. I am very proud to call them my students. I have been featured on television and also made wood carvings for the "Christy" TV series. I've been featured in Chip Chats wood carving magazine, and in several newspaper articles. I have produced 15 wood carving classes on DVD.
My family and I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. You are welcome to come visit my shop, and while here check out my wood carving classes. Maybe take a class or two. Make sure you visit our beautiful Smoky Mountains. Meanwhile, browse my web site and see some of the things I have to offer. If you have any questions please ask. I''ll do my best to answer them.
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