Someone recently asked me how I made the transition from coaching to carving. I said that its the same thing. If you want to make a duck, you remove everything that isn't a duck. Beauty is, the wood gives far less resistance and I have never had the tree a block of wood came from come back and question what I was doing or how I was doing it!!
It's been a very eventful spring and summer for multiple reasons. Family is doing great with each mission and pursuit of individual/professional goals. Traveled a lot and one of the most recent trips took us to Hilton Head Island to chainsaw carve a sea turtle (or three) from a stump sticking through the homeowner's deck after October 16's Hurricane Matthew. https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p192698
Among some of the most enjoyable work I got to do this summer was the request for Teddy the Racing President (infamous for his futile efforts to win the nightly Presidents Race at Nationals Park in DC). Since that time, the gentleman that requested it was pleased enough to commission me to do Abe, TJ and George, as well. Can't wait til I can dedicate the appropriate time to them.
I do have a fairly substantial "to do" list, filling orders that have now climbed into the upper 20's. The routine through the school year consist of teaching all day, to the workshop by 4, shower around 9 or 10 and paint while catching up on whatever happens to be on the TV, then off to bed between 12 and 1 (sometimes 2ish).
But, I love it. Every piece of it. I am still taking orders and excited about what challenges someone presents me with next. I am currently in a bit of a holding pattern as it relates to orders, as I prepare and build some inventory for some shows I have committed to this fall. The first one is the rapidly approaching, the 38th Annual Autumn Celebration in Dayton, VA http://www.daytonva.us/blog/event/36th-annual-dayton-autumn-celebration/, on October 7th. Carvings can be purchased on site and orders can be placed. Among the items available at the shows are Santas of all sizes, mascots, ducks, geese and swans. Orders can also placed by clicking the links throughout this website, which will direct you to my ETSY Shop. Order by price range and include details about what you are wanting in that range. We can talk it out from there.
I appreciate all the orders, the compliments and support as I've gotten back into this. It's been fun and I look forward to every day/evening that I get to create something that brings a smile to someones face!