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    Mike Quist

    Hello all,

    I have been posting pictures of some recent work on social media (IG [@mcquist] and FB) and Marty asked me to post a few of those images here…I’ll put them in My Carvings.  A bit about myself.  I am a fisheries professor with the USGS-Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Idaho.  I teach graduate-level courses, mentor graduate students, and work closely with state and federal natural resource agencies on fisheries management problems.  I grew up out west, but have lived in a lot of different places given my career path.  My wife and I have two daughters (ages 8 and 11) who both love to make things as well (wood, leather, painting, baking, you name it).   As far as my interests in woodworking and carving, I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in wood.  My great grandfather was a Swedish cabinetmaker who made some incredible furniture.  I was always surrounded by his work–looking back, it had a major influence on me.  While growing up I had seen chip carving, but the first time I ever saw someone actively carve was when Wayne Barton was on some show on PBS (Woodwright’s maybe)…must have been in the early 80s??  Fast forward to the late 1990s.  I was in graduate school and wanted (needed) a creative outlet.  I didn’t have the space or money for many tools, but I remembered that show with Barton.  I checked out a few books from the library, found some wood, bought some tools, and got to it.  I started off with pretty standard stuff and went through various stages in my carving and design (I won’t bore you with that information unless you really want me to).  As you might imagine, I’ve carved in fits and starts over the last ~25 yrs.  Part of the reason, besides “life” happening, is that I set up a full shop where I build all kinds of furniture and whatnot (mostly with handtools).  I have carved all along, but now that  I’ve completed most of my big furniture projects for the house, I have been carving quite a bit.   It’s been fun to push myself creatively.  I’ve also been toying with the idea of teaching.  Both carving and teaching are in my bones, so it makes sense.  Having said that, I need to get better with many aspects of my carving (I should be better given how long I have carved:)!) before I start trying to teach others.  Anyway, I’ll put some of my more recent stuff in My Carvings.

    Apologies for the long post!

    Take care,


    David Bass

    Welcome Mike. I am glad you shared!

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