Whittlins 'N Wood
by Marcia Berkall
I never planned to be a woodcarver. Actually, as a kid with 3 artistically and musically talented sisters,
I was thoroughly convinced that there was nothing artistic about me. It wasn't until I was nearing the age of
40 that I decided to do "something stupid" and take an Adult Education drawing class. That ended up being one of those life-altering decisions.
While taking that class, I frequented the art section of the local library and came across some pictures of Henry Moore wood sculptures.
I just HAD to try carving. Armed with a folding knife, a block of scrap construction fir, and a newly acquired E. J. Tangerman book,
I started making chips until I ended up with a quirky little duck (or something) carving. I was hooked!
My first "real" carvings were pretty primitive looking Santas. People saw them and actually offered to pay real money for them!!
A lot has changed since then. The road from hobbyist to full time, professional wood carver has been an exciting one. Growth is
now a priority. My goals involve gaining as much knowledge, experience and skill as possible. And, through teaching, and recently,
writing for "Carving Magazine", I am now able do my part in helping to keep the traditions of wood carving strong.
In the past, several of my carvings have been awarded ribbons in competition. Although I rarely do shows now, I have been invited
to demonstrate carving at several events, including the American Folk Festival in Bangor,Maine, and the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.