Great Woodshops: Carving for CEO

Visit the 3 shops of David Monhollen, who shed a successful career in sales to carve wildlife for executives.
By Kara Gebhart
Pages: 34-36

From the February 2004 issue #139
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David Monhollen has three woodshops. His first shop is decidedly bigger than yours. His second shop (his so-called “working” shop) is in his house. And the Crittenden, Ky., carver’s third shop (what he calls his “dirty” shop) is in his garage. It’s in this dirty shop where he performs the grungy parts of carving – the slamming and banging parts of carving – that give this shop its name.

Although he shares the garage with a car, gardening tools, workbench and canoe, the majority of the floor space is filled with stacks of linden, walnut and cherry. But he doesn’t think of this cache as lumber. Rather, he refers to wood as souls of trees. Here, he says, is where they wait for him to create.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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