entered the world of woodcarving in 1970 with the help of a family
friend, Smokey Joe. He was one of those characters who fascinated
me as a child. He carved small animals,Indians and hill people.
He had the aroma of wood and cigar smoke about him. Smokey Joe showed
me the basics-- how to use a pattern, how to cut out a blank on
a band saw, and how to use and sharpen a carving knife, which he
made from a straight razor. I used that knife and a box of patterns,
and began to carve as much as I could.In those early days, there
were very few carving tools on the market. A personcould find full-size
mallet tools but little else. So I relied on my carving knife. In
bought my first carving book, "HOW TO CARVE CHARACTERS IN WOOD"
by H.S. "Andy" Anderson. This really opened my eyes to
the type of carver I wanted to become. I carved every project in
the book. This made me thirst for more. Then Harold Enlow came into
my life with his book "CARVING FIGURE CARICATURES in the Ozark
Style." I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Harold not
only carved the way I wanted to learn, but he also introduced me
to palm tools. They were what was missing! Harold came out with
more books, each as exciting as the first. I carved every idea in
his books. I started to develop my own style, a mix between Ozark
and Flat Plane Scandinavian.
began to teach my style of carving in 1976 for the city of Mt Clemens'
Adult Ed Program. I moved from Mt. Clemens to Warren, Michigan and
started teaching for the Warren Parks & Rec. Dept. In 1991,
I moved to Saline, Mi. where I started teaching a weekly carving
class and began participating in Wood Carving shows around the state,
As my work became known, my teaching increased. I started to teach
at the two major woodcarving seminars in Michigan, CREATIVE WOODCARVING
SEMINAR in Cadillac and the M.W.C.A [Michigan Wood Carvers Association]
in Oscoda. I now instruct annually at the Woodcarvers Round Up in
Evart, Mi. and the North East Carver's Round Up in Honesdale, PA.
I also conduct one and two day seminars for individuals and carving
clubs. Wood Carving has opened many doors for me. I have met some
of the greatest people in the world and have been awarded many honors
by carvers who are my heroes. I have a lot more to learn on this
journey. May we meet and carve together along the way!
You can see more of Floyd's work at www.fantasycarving.com/