Randy Landen lives in Derby, Kansas, just south of Wichita. His love for carving began in 1977, when he and his wife Carol bought their first woodcarving at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Although they enjoy a wide range of carving styles, caricatures dominate their woodcarving collection.
Randy began carving in 1990 at the Woodcarving Rendezvous in Branson. His carvings are heavily influenced by his early instructors, including Ed Zinger, Gerald Sears, Dave Dunham, Harold Enlow, Joe Wannamaker, and Harold Turpin. Many of the topics for his caricatures come from the unique and often entertaining situations he experienced during his 33 years on the Wichita Police Department. Randy retired from policing in 2013, and currently oversees Security Operations for Koch Industries in Wichita. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 224th Session. Elected to the CCA in 1994, Randy has served as the President, President-Elect, and Secretary. Randy is very proud to have been involved in development of the National Caricature Carving Competition, and the CCA’s book projects including The Full Moon Saloon, CCA Circus, Caricature Carver’s Showcase, CCA Train, Carving a 1930’s Street Scene, and most recently the CCA’s 25th Anniversary book project – Concepts to Caricatures: 25 Years of Caricature Carving. Randy has carvings in private collections around the US, as well as the CCA Signature Collection on display at Engler Designs in Branson, MO.
Randy has given carving and painting seminars across the United States. He has served as judge at a variety of woodcarving shows throughout the country, including the first CCA National Caricature Carving competition at Silver Dollar City in 2002 and five times for the International Wood Carvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa, including their 50th Anniversary competition in June of 2016.
Randy enjoys repairing damaged and broken carvings, and sells a wide variety of original carvings on the secondary art market through his website. Looking for a unique carving….check out his website at www.landenwoodcarving.com and click on carvings for sale.
P.O. Box 565
Derby, KS 67037
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