While I still paint and draw, my focus turned to woodcarving. I explored various subjects. I’ve carved an Indian bust, a six-feet-tall bobcat, an American Eagle and more. But I mostly carve freshwater fish. Ironically, that requires extensive attention to detail; some medium-size pieces require burning or etching over 10,000 scales.
My interest in carving fish as a means of expression occurred in the mid 90’s. I read an article in “Field and Stream” magazine about an artist who carved fish and thought, “I know a lot about fish. I’m going to try this!” After a few rudimentary attempts, I remained excited enough to continue.
In 1997, I had my very first public exhibition at “Old Fashioned Trading Days,” a cultural festival in my hometown, Williamsburg, Kentucky. That took a lot of courage. I felt like I was standing naked in front of a crowd. I didn’t know what to expect.
Please welcome guest author Megan Malone. Director at the Lillian E. Jones Museum since 2012, Ms. Malone is a graduate of the University of Dayton with B.A. in Communication. Her professional experiences include newspaper reporting at ‘The Canton Repository’ and the ‘Dayton Daily News,’ and public information work at the Stark County Board of Developmental […]
Edsel Martin (1927-1999) liked to refer to himself as the ‘mountain misfit of North Carolina.’ That understates the case just a tad. He was in fact a widely celebrated instrument maker, musician and artist whose work can be found in the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Museum of History. Martin, a member of the […]
The following article by Joe Wright ran February 25 in the Times Reporter (of Dover-New Philadelphia, OH). It is reprinted here with permission. It has been 100 years since Ernest “Mooney” Warther, known as the “World’s Master Carver,” built a 10-foot by 14-foot workshop in the backyard of his Dover residence. The young man, who […]