I have been carving for 7 years. Prior to starting woodcarving I had worked for nearly 40 years and as a hobby I had trained and shown horses. Upon retirement I soon found out that training horses is a young persons sport. Somewhere in the back of my mind all thourgh these years I had always been interested in woodcarving, so in 2009 I took my first woodcarving class. Since that time I have taken several classes and enrolled online for more classes. I think it is good to take classes with other carvers and even though they are teaching with their style each carver will develop their own style of carving. My own style is evolving even as I carve today. I carve primarily northern bass wood and cottonwood bark. i also carve native cedar, butternut, buckeye, and pine knots. At Heartwood my Christmas items have been very popular and I am starting to work on new ideas for this year. I have found that woodcarving is a challenging craft and also very rewarding in that you can take a piece of wood and create a single Christmas ornament or Santa Claus that will remain in a family for many years and even generations.