30 years teaching troubled kids in an alternative high school,
Gary retired 5 years ago to pursue the hobby he loved. He has
been a carver for 30 years and has taught for the last 15 years.
He teaches regularly in south Florida and many other locations
in the Southeastern United States. Gary also teaches at the Woodcraft
Supply in Cincinnati and Johnson City. He gives classes in Richmond,
as well as, John C. Campbell Folk School, Tennessee Valley Woodcarving
School, Cadillac and Oscoda Michigan Rendezvous, and Renegade
Round-up in Lebanon, TN. He has taught as far west as Missouri
and will be at the War Eagle Rendezvous.
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.
As a founding
member and project leader in Tennessee Carvers Guild, Gary is
always ready to bring a new project to the group. At their regular
Monday night meetings, Gary can always be found helping his fellow
Gary says his
style of carving has been greatly influenced by classes he has
taken from Harold Enlow, Marv Kaisersatt, Dave Stetson, Gerald
Sears, Claude Bolton, Eldon Humphreys, Pete LeClair, John Burke,
Helen Gibson, Phil and Vicki Bishop.
Alcoa TN 37701