To be a successful wood carver, one must believe that the art lies within the wood, and all that is necessary is to remove the excess wood. It's after dust and shavings clear that the art emerges.
Wood art is meant to be touched; it takes a delicate touch to really see the image. Carving the wood follows the same magic--it is as much a matter of my sense of touch as it is using my eyes. The hands are better than the eyes to know where to cut.
About Paul Aydelott
Paul Aydelott grew up in rural Hickman County on a working farm in the 1950s and 1960s feeding pigs, tending cattle, raising tobacco, and working for related farmers in the close-knit community. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University he spent a couple of years in the army followed by graduate school at Southern Illinois University.
For the first 17 years of his work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service), Aydelott worked with landowners in Tennessee to improve their soil stewardship. When personal computers became available, Aydelott quickly learned the system and went on to be selected to be a founding member of the organizational unit to develop software for field offices and remained there for another 17 years.
At the age of 50, Aydelott sought a hobby to ease the stress of software development and took up wood carving.
Retiring in 2002, Aydelott returned home to help his parents in their golden years. He continued in service work for his community by serving on several non-profit boards of directors.
How to Purchase Carvings
Many of the wood carvings shown here are on display at the Gallery on the Square in Centerville, Tennessee.
Alice Waugh is the proprietor at the gallery. You can see the carvings consigned at the gallery at https://www.townsquaregallery.com.