To complete a piece is a varying evolution in time. The completion of a piece can take a week or three months, and if I am working on one or more pieces, several months. In addition, it depends on the subject matter, inspiration, dimension, shape, wood density, texture, this all adds to the time it takes to get to the completion of a piece. If the piece is a collaboration or commission it might take longer.
It feels like forever. It is a generational gift that stirs my passion and I work on every waking day. My great uncle Luke Wright and older brother Dave “Hickombottom” Wright inspired and influence me to teach myself to carve. From my earliest memory, I have created something. I first saw my great uncle Luke carve. As a little boy, I thought it was pretty cool. I use to make my own skateboards and go-carts. Down the hill we would go. When I was about eight years-old, I broke my arm falling off one of my skateboard/boxcar creations. As a teen, I sewed clothes for friends, family and me. There were no paint brushes and paint, my work on canvas was done in ink pen and pencil. After college, I decided to take my painting off the canvas and make them three-dimensional by putting them into wood. I began to truly focus after I created pieces, then asked my older brother to crave in the detail. Most times, he took too long to get to them. I became frustrated and my mother said, “LaVon, you should and can crave your own work,” so I picked up the mallet and chisel and worked out my trials and frustration into what you experience today.
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