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Here's My Woodcarving!
By Michael Yankowski
Natchitoches, LA


It all started with a pocket knife in the third grade (those were the good old days). Then on to whittling neckerchief slides as a 14 year old Boy Scout.


My big jump came at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I took woodworking with Skip Johnson. Perhaps my most influential mentor was Bill Bryant, a fellow professor and dulcimer builder at Northwestern State University, Louisiana, where I have taught for thirty five years. Opportunities to learn have included carousel carving in Chattanooga, totem pole carving in Ketchikan, and figure carving at the Geisel Moroder carving school in Austria.


I concentrate on fine art sculptures which I exhibit at the Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans and I participate in National and International competitions. Receiving an artists sponsorship from the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts in 2000 fully outfitted my studio. I have built acoustic guitars out of exotic woods and worked at chip carving (my kids said I needed something to keep busy on family beach vacations). Furniture is often requested from family members.


I enjoy working in wood because it is renewable and has such variety of colors and grain. My friend Charles has a Wood Miser which gives me access to local wood such as Gingko Bilbao, Loblolly Pine and Cypress.



Michael can be reached directly via email at Yankowskim@bellsouth.net. You can also visit his website.

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