A Little About The Artist Creating These Carvings, Sculptures, Canes and Custom Guns

by MichaelColemire on January 20, 2011 · 0 comments

I thought I would start off by telling you a little about myself. I grew up in Kentucky along the Ohio River where my family were construction workers and farmers. When I wasn’t in the fields with my Dad, I was usually in the shop creating something. Making things was my pasttime, from a stick doll with corn silk hair for my little sister to a table for my Mom to use in the kitchen, it didn’t matter –  I just loved to make things.

As I got older I did as many good sons do: Followed in my Dad’s footsteps and went into the construction field.  It was fun for awhile – what boy (young or adult) doesn’t like pushing dirt around with a real live Tonka Toy?! With the long work hours, as well as the hassle of dealing with working in or around extremes of weather, and not to mention the abuse on the body, I soon lost interest in this field and started dreaming of another profession. I wanted to make things and by this time,  I was into art and carving. But, how would I make that work? I didn’t want to be a “Starving Artist.” How does one make money doing what they truly want to do?

I left the world of construction and started a sign and printing company. My thought was that this is art (in a form) that people need and would pay for. I ran this company for five years with no real success – I just made ends meet. This could have been because it wasn’t creative enough for me. Or, it could have been the fact that people do not appreciate signs and graphics in the same way they appreciate a sculpture on display or a custom rifle that other hunters drool over. Or it could have been that I was spending my time creating these art pieces instead of spending every waking moment working on my “real” business, which is what we all know it takes to make a small business work.

Whatever the reasons, I’ve had some interesting events happen along the way, with a major epiphany that made me change my life’s focus and begin a new journey – A journey to find myself as an artist.

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