I started carving in December of 1995. I wanted to carve realistic freshwater fish but I couldn't find anyone locally to teach me. I heard about a carving club in Leiper's Fork near Franklin, Tenn. I decided to go and check the club out. Most of the people that belong to the club carve either faces or animals. I was impressed with the faces that the people were carving. I decided to try carving a face. I sat down one night, carved a nose, then a pair of eyes, and continued until I had finished my first face. It wasn't a great job but at least you could tell it was a face.
I have been fortunate to have Vic Hood as my mentor. Vic's knowledge and expertise have been a great help to me. He can be very critical at times. It took me a while to understand why. Vic wants you to be the best carver that you can be. I have also studied under nationally known instructor John Burke. John's teaching techniques are very similar to Vic's.
I entered two carvings in the NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION carving show in Columbus, Ohio in February of 1997. I won 1st and 2nd place in my category. In October of 2000, I entered another competition at the Chattanooga, Tennessee "Wonders in Wood" wood carving show. There, I placed 2nd in my category behind my teacher, Vic Hood.
I continue to carve faces today. I do stray away from the faces from time to time to carve something else but I always return to the faces.
Please check out the links to my carving pages. I hope that you enjoy them and thank you for your interest.
Leiper's Fork, Tenn.
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