Joe began woodcarving in
the early 90's. At the time his hobby was knife making, so he thought
he would learn enough 'carving' to create some fancy handles for
his knives. Almost overnight knife making became history and 20
years later he is still learning wood sculpting, enjoying the challenge
of producing a 3-dimensional figure, and actually using knives instead
of just making them.
It was his
good fortune to be tutored by two great carvers at the onset - before
he had developed too many bad habits. Bob Bandor was an experienced
carver with an encyclopedic knowledge of woodcarving. Paula Devereaux,
a true artist, taught carving the human face & figure which
has remained his main interest.
work is a unique style of folk art carving that is sought after
by collectors all over the country. Joe is a great carver and instructor
and will share his skills and techniques with anyone interested
in the art of woodcarving.