Whittlin' has long been recognized as a cowboy traditional art form, so it just seemed natural to add some to my cowboy furniture. In time, my relief-carvings became the signature which separated my artwork from that inspired by Thomas Molesworth.
The desk and mirror above are two of my early carved creations. I used a scroll saw to cut small characters out of a bass wood slab. Then I chip-carved, painted, and applied them to furniture.
On my "Buffalo Medicine" desk (above) I stained the carvings then applied them on an unstained background to create more contrast. The pierced keyhole chair with a blanketed Indian on the back was inspired by Maynard Dixon, one of my favorite Western artists.
The "Moon Over Montana" desk (above) was my all-time favorites, so I gave it to my wife for her birthday a few years back. I especially like the beaver-gnawed stretchers that I found in Montana. The pierced-back keyhole chair with a momma bear and a gigantic trout was my most innovative chair back.
The photo above is a close-up detail of the top front carving on the "Moon Over Montana" desk.
This photo (above) is a close-up of the mirror-image ends on the "Moon Over Montana" desk.