Wood Carvings: I fell in love with woodcarving after a trip to Branson, Missouri, and saw the woodcarvings of Bob Robertson. I immediately had to get some carving tools and try carving myself. I managed to free a lizard from the wood in my first attempt and was encouraged. So I read everything I could on it and taught myself how to carve. The subjects I chose to carve stem from my deep respect for the first Native Americans and my fascination with the early history of America, my family would go to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon every year. This event became the inspiration for most of my woodcarvings. Images of Native Americans and Fur Traders just seemed to be natural subjects for Cedar and Walnut. The natural color of those two types of wood were meant for these subjects and the subjects seemed to be already waiting to be uncovered within the wood. It was almost like they contained their spirits.