I had been mezmerized by a hand carved Japanese Dragon. I immediately took initiative to find where I could learn to express myself in such a way.
It was then in my search that I had found Medicine Hat Wood Carving Club. I had so much support with everything from finding the right tools to different techniques.
A few years passed while I was whittling with tools when a member of my community contacted the club about having myself create one of my wood spirits on his tree that he wanted to remain part of his yard. After seeing the tree for myself I knew then that my chisels would not cut it. The tree it self was 6-7' tall and about 20-25" in girth. That is when I asked for his patience with me.
Later that year my family and I where enjoying a yearly trip to the Edmonton Sportmen's Show. There we met Husqvarna's carver Kevin Lewis. Just wowed by his art we stuck around and visited with him. As my husband spoke to him he had mentioned a trip to BC some for the two of us to learn our way around a saw. I was at that moment terrified yet so over the moon excited!
We excepted. Overwhelmed with fear and excitement I picked up my first chainsaw on April 9th 2016. At that moment I felt an overwhelming sense of calm and passion rush through my body. That is when I knew I found it! My passion!!
It was 2 months later that I had entered my first competition. Carving like I have not carved before. I remember after day two of a 12 hour shift holding myself and telling my family that I need to go lay down. It was intense for little ol me. I pushed through another day and a half and was able to bring my "fallen" angel to life. It felt amazing to accomplish such a feat. It felt even more amazing hearing such positive responses.
I had entered the novice category which did not have a ranking. It was all for the experience and wisdom of fellow carvers. It was amazing. What was even more amazing is when I heard my named called up along side an amazingly talented JR Henderson for the carvers choice award. I was in tears. Called up by those I watched and admired the entire competition. I had no words. I did not expect anything.
Since that Competition in June 2016 I have been involed in two other competitions and other events. I have been so blessed to have been given this opportunity. 2017 seems as though it shall be an amazing carving year. I cannot wait to create!