• EnSculp: (En) To Cause + (Sculp)To Carve

    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.

Buy an original, hand-carved work of art.

Many of these items are for sale. Call me at 931-729-1674 for a quote.

People

People I Have Known

  • Minnie Pearl
    Minnie Pearl Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, also know as Minnie Pearl, was from my hometown of Centerville, TN. Minnie's colorful character was derived from the personalities of some of our "country people." 'Plelia's character was equally interesting, but she was a very well-educated and cultured person who left an amazing mark on comedy, country music, the Grand Ole Opry, and the hometown people who knew her well.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Catalpha
    • Finish wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 16" tall
    • Status On display at the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, Centerviille, TN
  • Ostein
    Ostein A favorite uncle and my Dad's childhood friend, Ostein is captured in Cherry wood. A fine wood as Ostein was a fine man. Here the two of them are cooking catfish down by the creek.  
    Additional Info
    • Wood Black Cherry
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 10" tall
    • Status Not for Sale
  • Gertis and Alida
    Gertis and Alida Gertis was the sort of man that will not reappear in our lifetime. Raised by Indians, devoid of formal schooling, and free of modern life, Gertis was a skilled blacksmith, logger, tinkerer, and story teller. At home in the woods, he knew the Indian names of virtually all the trees and flowers. With a hot fire in his forge, he could make most tools--and did. With a newspaper reporter, he could spin yarns faster in the colorful, descriptive manner of a real story teller with lots of practice. Pauses to roll a cigarette punctuated his story. He delighted in getting the best of a gullible believer.  Alida tended Gertis as a faithful wife in the tradition of the 19th century. Never having electricity in the house with only kerosene lamps to read by, she read the bible to Gertis each evening to no avail. He didn't believe in it. She earned a little spending money cleaning houses in the community.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 10" tall
    • Status For sale
  • Charlie Garner
    Charlie Garner Charlie Garner was a friend of many, and many knew him through the Grand Ole Opry, mission work, family, and hosting of the Grinders Switch Radio Hour every Saturday morning in Centerville, TN, at the Chamber of Commerce office. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 10"
    • Status On display in the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Office

People I Imagined

  • Venus
    Venus A scrap slab from the wide fork of a walnut tree allowed me to explore the long, curly hair of an imaginary Venus. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Walnut
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions It is about 2.5" thick, 22" wide and 14" tall.
    • Status For sale
  • Lonesome Joe
    Lonesome Joe Buried for 50 years in a Butternut, white walnut, tree, I just had to help this old spirit out. He sat around in a discarded slab of wood in my shop for years until one day he spoke to me the way spirits speak to artists. I carefully cut off the excess wood holding him in place. Once out, I helped him gain his color back with some oil and wax. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Oil and Wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 18" tall
    • Status For Sale - $125
  • Braided Hair
    Braided Hair Taken from a children's book about a little white girl and a black girl that became friends meeting on a neutral fence between the two families, the image was striking. It was a challenge for me to carve the braided hair.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Catalpha
    • Finish wa
    • Dimensions approximately 10" tall
    • Status my wife's
  • Faith
    Faith Sometimes it's amazing what can come out of a piece of left-over, scrap wood. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Black Walnut with Cherry background
    • Finish wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 8" tall
    • Status given as gift
  • Union Soldier
    Union Soldier Taken from the cover of a local magazine, the model for this image is a Park Ranger at Shiloh National Cemetery.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Black Locust
    • Finish painted
    • Dimensions Approximately 14" tall
    • Status sold
  • Quanah Parker: Statesman, Warrier
    Quanah Parker: Statesman, Warrier The information below is taken from http://www.quanahparker.org/ Sharp of mind and an intrepid warrior, Quanah emerged as a vigorous and enlightened protector of Comanche interests. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut with barn wood frame
    • Finish wax
    • Dimensions approximately 10" tall
    • Status available at Centerville Marketplace, Centerville, TN
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  • Loving Hands
    Loving Hands Nothing is so precious as a sleeping baby. A baby cradled in the hands of a loving parent warms the heart.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish wax
    • Dimensions approximately 8" tall
    • Status available at Centerville Marketplace, Centerville, TN
  • Hoop on Forehead
    Hoop on Forehead Inspired by a photograph in a wall calendar. This Native American was called Hoop on Forehead.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Wax, Wood Burning
    • Dimensions Approximately 15" tall
    • Status For sale
  • Guitarist
    Guitarist Inspired by a photograph of song writer Ed Bruce, this is one of the few carvings I have painted. (I painted it to cover some defects in the wood that I could not fix.) The guitar strings are elastic strings.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Oil Paint
    • Dimensions 24" wide
    • Status On display in the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Office
  • Charlie, Muskrat Hunter
    Charlie, Muskrat Hunter I don't know much about Charlie. That's the name my Dad gave him while I was working on extracting him from a big piece of walnut. This man definitely had personality; Charlie fits as a name. He showed up in a magazine sitting on a log smoking what appears to be a very rank cigar. I moved him to a bench against a wall, although some say it looks like he is sitting on an outdoor toilet. Perhaps Charlie knows. Nevertheless, he has real character.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Walnut
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions About 24" tall
    • Status Sold

Other Things Created

  • Rural Scene Mantle
    Rural Scene Mantle

    Butternut mantle with rural scenes. Donated for auction at the late Charlie Garner's benefit auction.

  • Walnut Mantle
    Walnut Mantle

    Walnut mantle with inscribed walnut leaves with squirrel hiding.

  • Spiritwood
    Spiritwood

    From scrap wood wood comes an eagle soaring overhead a Native American and a deer below.

     

  • Old Carvings
    Old Carvings

    These are old carvings that represent some of my earlier work. I moved from power tools to hand tools in the process of learning.

  • Hands of Work
    Hands of Work

    Inspired by a photo of a wood cutter's hands and axe.

  • Box Elder Bowl
    Box Elder Bowl While the box elder tree can grow to a large size, it typically has no real market value. What people fail to see is a beautiful, pale wood with streaks of pink running through the grain, especially in burls. This was a rather large burl on an old tree.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Box Elder
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions 10" diameter
    • Status For Sale
  • Cherry Bowl
    Cherry Bowl A scrub cherry tree contained a burl about 15' up the trunk. Crafted with a rotary chain saw-type carver, the bowl is almost round like the burl. It's walls are as thin as I dared to sweep away the wood, yet the crazy features of the twisted grain and intermixed bark show through the polished finish.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Black Cherry
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions 6" diameter
    • Status For Sale
  • Maple Burl
    Maple Burl A defect on a Maple tree held the promise of something special. The swelling started from some injury or insect bite I suppose. As the tree built layer after layer of protective tissue, the grain took on the definition of the burl.  Unlike a bowl created on a lathe, this bowl follows the natural boundaries of the burl. It is irregular.  I used a small rotary cutter with chain saw teeth to hollow the burl to a thin shell. I left piece of the bark around the edge making a ragged top. 
    Additional Info
    • Wood Maple
    • Finish Wax
    • Dimensions 10" long
    • Status Sold
  • True Love
    True Love There is no love any more pure than that of a loyal dog and master.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Butternut
    • Finish Oil and Wax
    • Dimensions Approximately 6" tall
    • Status For Sale - $80
  • Deer in Leaves
    Deer in Leaves In these hills of Tennessee deer are plentiful, but usually seen in open areas at dusk or dawn. Skilled hunters and wildlife watchers also see the deer in their habitat. Here, the carving shows a buck deer with antlers skillfully hiding behind leaves.
    Additional Info
    • Wood Walnut
    • Finish wax
    • Dimensions approximately 24" wide
    • Status Sold
  • Spirited Leaves
    Spirited Leaves Trees dominate the landscape here in this part of Tennessee--all kinds of trees. With so many leaves growing and blowing in the wind, they seem to have personalities. Here those imaginary personalities are captured in wood.

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