Neff’s statement may sum up the feelings of most woodworkers when they enjoy their hobbies or business adventures. Creating something by hand with logs will bring satisfaction and accomplishment.
Sherman Cox is a woodworker and carver. He lives in Glendale, where he and his wife Lora Lee raised their children. As a child, Sherman learned the craft of carving wood from his mother Eva Cox and his grandfather Edgar Cox, both of whom were artistically gifted. His mentor’s use of simple tools, coupled with natural talent, is obvious, because the little boy tried his own hands and started his career with a carving wooden knife, which most boys would find interesting.
Now in his later years, Cox has his own carpentry workshop with a variety of tools, including some creative tools he created and manufactured from scratch. In the past, using manual airplanes was a laborious and time-consuming task. Now Sherman has an electric airplane he often uses, which saves him a lot of preparation time.
As a father, Sherman made a wooden rocking horse for his eldest son James. Then, with the appearance of his grandchildren, his art seemed to spiral upward, and he realized that grandpa likes to make things for them. He said: “I like the expressions on the children’s faces because they like the handmade gifts I made for them.” Some gifts include jewelry boxes, monster trucks, rocking chairs, some smaller hand-held carvings and some authentic copies of old cars. Taste. Many of Sherman’s sculptures are also loved by neighbors and friends, who are lucky beneficiaries of his talent and love.
About three years ago was a turning point in his recent determination to hone his carving skills. Surprisingly, he can look at a picture, make a pattern and judge the size of his project (it is a gift in itself!), and get amazing results.
Sherman found that old gray aspen was easy to obtain, and was very soft and easy to sculpt. He advises beginners: “Take a piece of wood and a knife, and carve it away; before you find what you are making and are proud of the excellent work, cut off the things you don’t need.”
Matt Rogers is another local woodcarver who learned some woodcarving skills during the Boy Scouts led by Sherman. He learned from an experienced carver, and now Matt sells his carvings to supplement his income.