Please forward this error screen to 174. You probably want to know where my skill with a chain saw came from. My introduction to japanese slot machine manual and working with wood goes back to my early childhood.
When I was eight or nine I was allowed to use a crafter’s band saw to cut small animals out from aged barn siding. My collection of critters grew to the point that I displayed them in a shed off our garage so that friends and family could enjoy them.
My family members were my first art critics and collectors. My mother would often quip, “Benjie you’ve got sawdust in your veins” referring to the fact that I was a descendant of a long line of Adirondack loggers, woodworkers, cabinet makers, and artisans on both sides of the family tree.
My carving career began in 1993, and I’ve been carving ever since. I continue to see and feel new meaning in the wood I’m working with, to a point that some of my finest work is now being offered. If you are able to see me carve, as I travel literally around the world, I trust you will watch in amazement as a tree log turns into a life-size horse with a flying mane, an angry bear, a reflective Native American chief, a rustic old boot, or a soaring eagle before your very eyes.
I hope you see in my work a pure love of the natural world. Add to that, good old fashioned hard work.