The gnome I have up on Etsy now is the forth of his kind. Each is slightly different, but all stand about the same height. I keep making them because people keep buying them!
I studied music in college.
I have been a Scoutmaster for 11 years.
I have two daytime Emmy awards.
I love to cook.
What got you started crafting?
I have been a cabinetmaker for over 30 years. I started carving in earnest last year. I try to carve something every day. I have a carving blog and a YouTube channel sharing my learning adventures.
What is your source of inspiration?
I don't have one source of inspiration. I try to take on projects that are just beyond what I think I am able to accomplish. This makes be better at it. I want to get good enough to take on projects that are dynamic and move people. Future project plans include dragons, serpents and other fantastic creatures. I also want to start a line of rock guitarists.
What have you made recently?
The gnome I have up on Etsy now is the forth of his kind. Each is slightly different, but all stand about the same height. I keep making them because people keep buying them! My other featured carving is a Giant Panda. I originally made this one for my niece as a gift. It came out so well, I made another and it sold right away. This is the forth I've made. He is my own design.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I share an Etsy shop with my daughter, The Winter Tulip and I also sell in a local shop called Think Long Island First in Oyster bay, NY. I also design tee shirts for CafePress. My shop is called Rock On Art. Most of my tees celebrate guitars and guitar players.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
It's a natural way to express myself. I have made things my whole life. I feel a handmade item is an extension of the maker and is a lasting legacy.