I started carving in the boy scouts where we would make neckerchief slides.
I hadn't done any serious carving until 1999. My wife and I were living full-time in our RV and were in Harlingen, TX for the winter. I saw a notice on the bulletin board for the park where we were staying that there was a group carving in the clubhouse and they were looking for more people to join. I went to a meeting and saw all of the things they were working on and got hooked. Carving was the perfect hobby for me as it doesn't take a lot of equipment or room in an RV. I bought some knives and other assorted tools and some wood and started with a bird. That didn't turn out very well and wound up in the campfire.
I picked up some magazines and other literature on woodcarving and started carving all kinds of subject matter.
Since we left RV'ing full-time and settled down, I picked up a nice bandsaw and have starting making bandsaw boxes. I still carve different subjects.
I came up with the idea of putting "pork chops" on a chopper when I saw a pig pattern in an old Woodcarving Illustrated magazine.
The bears with the tree stump below are adapted from patterns by Mike Shipley.
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