Grey Wells Craft Demonstrator at May 19th Spring Open House

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Join us Saturday, May 19th  11-3pm for our spring event and enjoy craft demonstrations and more!  Community member, Grey Wells, will be demonstrating his wood carving craft.

hand carved dragonfly

Grey is self-taught and has been carving for six years.  He became interested when he and his brother, Jarrod, were carving mushrooms out of tree branches with their pocket knives, and he thought, “I bet I can carve anything with the right tools.”  That ignited a passion and a pursuit to carve realistically.  Grey prefers the challenge of carving realistically; he gets great satisfaction creating three dimensional realistic artistic representations of his subject matter.

The fish is a native brook trout found here in the mountains and took roughly 30 hrs to carve and paint.  The dragonfly (top of page) is also native to our mountains; the client sent a photo for Grey to utilize.  The wings are paper thin…you can actually see daylight right thru the wings because they were carved so thin. This took about 20 hrs to carve and paint.

hand carved angel

The angel is a combination of features from two stone carvings in France, along with the trend of carving them faceless. This was commissioned as a Christmas gift, and it represents 25 hours of time to create.  This photo shows the work progression.

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