About 15 years ago, I
started attending the
in Branson, MO.
Attending these, I had the opportunity to benefit from the instruction
of John Engler, Jeff Phares, Ed Zinger, Randy Landon, Gerald Copeland, Gerald Sears and
others. Over the years I also have had the good fortune to attend
in Creede, CO, learning from Dave Stetson. Also,
fortunately our carving club in Elkhart, KS was able to have Stu Martin
present a seminar. Bill Butterfield is another carver that has, as
recently as a year ago, offered valuable insights into carving.
All of these carvers have had a hand in forming my style and I am much
indebted to each of them.
Recently I was asked to
have special woodcarving classes at
Flint Hills Technical College for
in Emporia, KS and I am open to
teaching classes for area woodcarving
clubs. I also have added a
Santa Face Tutorial
on my Web Site.This is an opportunity for me to revisit my earlier years in
teaching. I received a degree in Education from Fort Hays State
(Fort Hays State University) some years ago and I am looking forward to
teaching again in my retirement years.
Since I retired in 2002
I have carved much more and my small carving business is known as
Foundwood Carvings, since I have basically developed my carving skills
with "found wood", cottonwood bark in particular.
For a short time we had
a shop in