2017  featured  artist

Larry Martin

         Larry Martin, our 2017 NWCA Featured Carver has been carving since the mid 1980s. He was looking for a way to reduce stress in his life when he saw a notice about the NWCA Show in Puyallup. He was fascinated by what he saw at the show and decided to try wood carving himself. A Tacoma Community College course in relief carving with Don Church got him started and slowly expanded his carving techniques to include inlaglio and Northwest Indian style. In 1995, Larry began carving birds with Don Osier and continued to carve with Don for about a year and a half until Don's untimely death. Over time, bird carving has become one of Larry's passions and challenges. Carving has proven to be an effective stress reliever and as a bonus, has provided attractive decor for he and his wife Patti's home.

         His favorite carving woods are bass and jelulong for his relief carving and tupelo for birds (his favorites). Before he started carving birds he did all his carving with hand tools - now he cuts blanks on his band saw, roughs out by hand and does the detail carving with handheld power tools. Larry carves in a studio/classroom in his home with plenty of natural light and shelves and bookcases for his collection of reference materials. The fishing fly motif of the wallpaper hints to another of Larry's hobbies. 

          Larry has participated in several bird carving seminars with World Chapions, Ernie Meuhlmall and Bob Gage. He has also attended fish carving seminars with Northwest Master, Andy Anderson. Larry attended the PNC juding seminar in Kennewick and typically serves as head judge for this show. Larry generously donates several carvings a year for carving clubs, schools and other organizations - he volunteers as a program presenter for the NWCA and other clubs in the area. He has won numerous awards including Best of Division, People's CHoice, Best of Show, and Puyallup Fair Grand Champion.

          Larry joined the NWCA in 1987 and has been an active member, working in different capactities over the years. His other activies include trout and salmon fishing, hiking and canoeing, and finding and refinishing antiques. He has two married sons and two married step-daughters of whom he is quite proud of and he enjoys the loving support of his wife, Patti. Give Larry a call if you want to learn bird carving from one of the best!

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