About the Artist

Over 30 years ago, John began his life of woodworking when he created carved folk figures. He marketed his folk figures to gift and craft shops at tourist destinations along the east coast. In the mid 1990's, John taught himself the decorative art of chip carving.

Chip carving is a style of woodcarving in which knives are used to remove selected "chips" of wood in a single piece. John uses two hand-held knives. No power tools are ever used for carving. Almost every society throughout history has a chip carving tradition. Furniture, plates, and boxes have been decorated for centuries with this technique.

John made hand-turned butsudans, plates, framed mirrors, frames, quilt racks, display cases, wind chimes and clocks decorated with chip carved designs which have been sold at fine American craft galleries from Cape Cod to Hatteras Island. He has also created custom family heirloom keepsakes commemorating weddings, births and anniversaries along with custom plaques and signs.