Dave Stetson: Caricature Carver

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Dave has always been an artist. Getting caught daydreaming and drawing during classes at an early age didn't impress either his parents or his teachers. He did however impress the principal of his grammar school, having incised his initials in his 4th grade desk with the pocket knife he wasn't supposed to take to school. He impressed the principal so much that he was given a one man show. Everyday at lunch and recess for 2 weeks, young David sat at his desk in the hallway in front of the principal's office, demonstrating the art of furniture refinishing.

His love for woodcarving changed focus later in his life. No longer interested in relief carving, Dave explored the relm of human figure carving. He incorporated form and balance, anatomy and structure to develop a unique form of caricature carving. Dave's caricature is based on realism by exaggeration. In order to create good caricature, one must understand the realistic anatomical order of the human body. And Dave does create wonderful caricature. Not only is he a master of the knife, he has a unique ability to find the sense of humor in life, recreating it in his art. He has been carving since the early 1980's and teaching his form of exaggerated realism since 1984. He is a co-creator and founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America. His woodcarvings have won best of shows and first place ribbons too numerous to count. His carvings are prized by collectors all over the country and internationally.

See more of Dave's work on his web site: www.StetsonCarving.com

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See pictures and descriptions of finished projects below.

Baseball Pitcher


Sea Captain

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