Carvers Listed Alphabetically
is an award winning woodcarver and has been carving for a little over
twenty years. He is a member of The National WoodCarvers Association
as well as many local woodcarving clubs. A
self-taught carver, who is well known for his distinctive clean-cut
style of carving. He enhances his self-taught style by hosting and
attending seminars often taught by professional carvers. Mark
is well known for his Wood Spirit Faces which he portrays in wall
hangings, masks, and brooms. His Wood Spirit Faces appear most often
in butternut, cottonwood bark, bristlecone pine, and basswood. After
carving some are finished with a brushing of linseed oil while others
are touched with acrylics. Although they are all Wood Spirit Faces,
Mark's artistic eye ensures each finished piece is an entirely different work of art. Mark
also enjoys carving caricatures, Christmas ornaments, elves, gnomes,
and Santas. Mark is the 2007 National Santa Carving Contest Winner.
Steve Brown Now Available
a native of Madisonville, KY, began carving in 1977. Specializing in
caricature carving, he has won numerous national and international
awards. Steve is fast becoming one of America’s most respected carvers.
Although, best known for his caricatures, he is equally talented at
carving realistic figures. Steve offers private lessons, conducts
several seminars annually and is the author of Carving Pen Figures and
Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes.
the years, Steve has accumulated many awards. A few of the more notable
ones are: 1st place - Human Figures Caricatures Painted, 15"
&Under, 1st place - Human Figures Bust Caricatures
Painted, 1st place - Human Figures over 15" Caricature Painted, 1st
place - Human Figures Bust Caricature Natural Finish, Overall
Caricature winner (All Categories), and the Henry Taylor Award for
Dalton has been carving since 2001. He grew up around carvers but never
took up the craft until recouperating from a knee injury. He started
carving with just one basic knife and has now switched over to being a
power carver. Keith has competed in many competitions, winning many
first place ribbons including Best of Open. Watch Keith’s fun and easy
way to carve critters, including detailed instruction on burning fur
and painting the final carving.
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.
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.
Allen Goodman Now Available
is a woodcarver, knife maker and tool sharpener, and likes to teach
classes on caricatures, woodspirits, etc. He was featured in CARVING
magazine, carving cool little caricatures called "shelf elves". Allen
has competed in numerous competition throughout the US, winning many
awards. He also creates short little instructional carving videos on
Dylan Goodson Now Available
Goodson is a self-taught woodcarver, born and raised in the woods of
Coosa County, Alabama. He has always enjoyed making things, and since
he had an ample supply of sticks and wood, he made lots of wooden boats
and other toys as a child. In 2000, at age 14, he checked out every
book in the public library about woodcarving. Since then he has carved
a wide range of subjects, from human figures to miniature animals, but
he's found the most success with his pictorial relief scenes. In the
fall of 2007, he taught his first class on relief carvings. Since then
he's taught several classes around Alabama. He has also exhibited his
work around the eastern United States, garnering top awards at some of
the major woodcarving shows.
Larry Nowell Now Available
from Knoxville, TN, is well known for his sculptured portraits in wood.
He has carved with Vic Hood, John Burke and Neil Cox. He recently
completed training at the Geisler-Moroder Austrian Woodcarving School
located in Austria. His portrait carving classes have been featured
several times in Chip Chats, the National Association of Woodcarvers'
magazine. He always tells me that he has carved with the best and the
worst now he wants to carve with you! His wife says she thinks he likes
teaching even more than he likes carving. He is easy going and has a
great sense of humor so carving with Larry is always fun. He may
explain how to sharpen your tools or explain how you take the grain of
the wood into account in carving, but he does not give lectures. His
teaching style is to assist and coach students at whatever skill level
they are--from beginner to experienced.
Mac Proffitt Coming Soon
Proffitt is the owner and operator of Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers in
Townsend, TN. Mac has competed in numerous competitions throughout the
US and has won more ribbons than I can count. Besides owning a very
successful carving business, Mac teaches many carving classes each
year. He also travels the southeastern United States bringing supplies
to many carving contests for competitors to purchase.
has been carving since 1985 and loves it more with every passing
year. Not only does he carve for the enjoyment, but he also passes
along the craft to others by teaching carving classes. For the last 10
years he has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brass Town,
NC. As well as the Tennessee Valley Wood Carver School in Crossville,
TN. Also the Wood Crafts Shop in Knoxville, TN. In addition to various
private clubs up and down the Eastern coast.
He has won more
competition ribbons than he can keep up with. In the National Santa
Claus Carving Competition he has received 2 Honorable Mentions in 4
years of entries. However, in 2006 he walked away with the Grand Prize
in the competition! His entries into the International Caricature
Carvers Competition have earned a 2nd and 3rd best in show. In 2008 he
was the Winner of the CCA Best of Show award.
Christina White Now Available
White has owned and operated a gallery and studio complex in Dahlonega,
Georgia since 1995 called the Funky Chicken Art Project. The gallery hosts a woodcarvers gathering once a month on the third Saturday. She
is a self-taught woodcarver, and her relief carving entries have been
recognized with first place recognition in competitions. She
teaches in her studio as well as other venues in the Southeast, and is
scheduled to teach in Cortona, Italy in October of 2010. She has recently published a step by step article for Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine on relief carving fairy doors.
grew up holding the other end of boards for my father in his
woodworking shop, and the smell of wood and sawdust just got into my
veins. The practical side of carving in relief has been incorporated
into furniture, boxes, cabinets, trim, door headers, and stairwells all
around my own house, and helping other carvers enhance their
surroundings with carved pieces continues to inspire me with new