Mike

STOREY - HARMON

Wild hare studios and rabbit hole arts


​Schulenburg, Texas

Back in college a hundred years or so ago, my advisor told me I had to take a music or art class.  A junior high boys chorus I once was in was so bad, the instructor never allowed us to perform in public, so art it was.  The last thing I did was a small stylized cross in a piece of an old pine fence post. Something spiritual awakens for me when I work wood, and I knew it from the first attempt.

In 1991 some old time woodcarvers at a local art show told me about this carving retreat at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska (still going on - one of the biggest and best) .  A dozen instructors over a variety of carving subjects and styles take on 6-12 students for a week long class on woodcarving.  The very first day our instructor took me aside during the lunch break to help me sharpen my tools.  Viola!!!!  For those of you who have tried to carve with store-bought tools without putting an edge on them - it is quite an experience to use sharp tools for the very first time.

In the 40 years since that first carving, I have taken classes with some of the best woodcarvers the US has to offer.  Won my share of blue ribbons at shows from Denver to Indiana, Chicago to Texas.  Taught classes on various subjects like hands, faces, St. Nick, Native Americans and even nudes.  Also been in a fair number of newspaper and magazine articles. A lot of woodcarvers inevitably specialize or have preferences that lean towards one thing or another.  Variety still intrigues me.  Most of my work is done with mallet and chisels, or smaller hand tools.  Occasionally the need arises for power carving or wood burning.  I have even used chainsaws, and angle grinders.  I continue to try different things and stretch my techniques and skills.  And yes, it is all about the journey.  Taking that piece of wood, imagining what lies beneath the surface, sharpening the tools and then removing everything that isn’t in that image.This page under construction.