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Billy Ray Sims
Traditional Appalachian hand-split white oak baskets are the focus of Billy Ray's craft. But he also creates baskets of New...
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Tom Gow

I have been carving since 1991 when I entered my first piece in a wood carving show and won a blue ribbon in the novice division.  I carved my first piece in cottonwood bark five years ago and have been "hooked" on bark carving ever since.  The feature of carving in cottonwood bark I like the most is that every piece of bark has a different shape.  I wait for the dominant ridges and features to speak to me to figure out what is hiding in the bark, waiting to be released.  Each completed piece is an original, having personalitiy of it's own.

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