FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Garold: When I graduated from grade school my aunt and uncle gave me a Sears Roebuck knife, a three blader. In fact I still have it.
Garold Boggs liked knives long before he discovered carving, but he knew he had artistic talent clear back in second grade, when his teacher asked the class to draw. Garold drew an elephant.
Garold: And I remember her coming through and looking at that and saying ‘can I have that?’
It would still be many years before Garold began to carve, not until age 62 in fact, after retiring from Dana Axle. In very short order he was finessing blocks of rough wood into beautifully detailed animals,,,birds with feathers each individually crafted..dogs with rich full coats, each hair meticulously sculpted. Garold says he likes action poses, wide-eyed predators, say, with straining muscles. And the key to producing stunning work, he says, is never be satisfied.
Garold: When you think it’s done it’s not done yet. Set it down walk away from it leave it there for a week…then go back and look and you’ll see things that need to be change.
That quest for perfection has won Garold lots of honors at carving shows but he hasn’t carved much in the last couple of years. He says he got burned out on it. But there is one project, one unmet challenge that is tempting him back to his art.
Garold: A bucking horse, where maybe he’s clear up in the air attempting to throw his rider off and I’ve often thought I’d like to tackle something like that. And I might do it sometime.
If he does there will be no shortage of folks out in ‘Your Country’ who’d love to see the finished product. This is Eric Olson reporting.
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