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Gary Falin

Gary has been a consistent blue ribbon winner at the International Woodcarving Congress, Dayton Artistry in Wood Show, and his home show at Dollywood. Gary won a Second Best of Show at the first CCA National Caricature Competition at Branson in 2002 and was the Best of Show winner in the 2003 CCA competition at Dollywood. 

Gary is a very versatile carver. Not only has he been a consistent winner in the whittling competition at Dollywood but also a regular winner in Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin Carving Competition. In addition, he demonstrated pumpkin carving at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival for five years. He has become nationally known and was a featured carver in the book “Carving Found Wood” and has also written two step-by-step articles,  “Pass the Bacon”, for Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine. 


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Gary, starting with a roughout, shows you how to lay in proper portions for the face and hair on this caricature bust. He walks you through the roughout steps and into facial and hair detail. Gary takes great care to explain how to carve a proper hair wrap and extensive bead work. He ends with a lengthy discussion of his painting and finishing techniques for this Indian bust.


This Santa is one of Gary's most requested caricatures. Gary walks you through a step by step process of how to create such a time honored carving. Starting from a roughout, he demonstrates how to detail Santa's hair and face. This caricature is not wearing the traditional Santa suit. Gary walks you through the process of how to make suspenders and buttons, as well as a shirt, pants and shoes.