I’m often asked if I have a background in art. No! I’ve been sculpting for 12 years now, however. In 1989, a year before I was born, my dad and uncles used to drink, party, and do drugs. They started going to church in Melbourne FL and met a man named Ted Traverse. Ted said he believed God was leading him to teach them to chainsaw carve. I watched until I was 19 and on Dec 5, 2009 I left my house with a trash bag of clothes, a $20 bill, and a pack of cigarettes. I moved to an abandoned flea market in Columbus GA and slept there for a week and a half. Finally I got ahold of a chainsaw and carved a bear that sold for $125. Since then, I quit smoking cigarettes and gave my life to the Lord. I’ve carved full time for almost 12 years now and I enjoy it immensely!
Some of my favorite carvings are benches, and custom orders. It’s always fun to bring an idea to life through chainsaw carving.