Saturday, May 10, 2008

Artist from Idaho, Richard Carpenter

Bear made fromhundreds of thousands of pine needles. The pine needles were gatheredoff the ground, sorted, washed, trimmed and hand woven, over 8 months,in making the life size bear.

Myname is Richard Carpenter and I am an artist, sometimes the starvingkind. In 1990 I decided to leave the hectic fast past life of SouthernCalifornia and move to Idaho to take care of my Dad. I needed to makesome money but the nearest town was 22 miles away and all the jobs thatwere available paid minimum wage. I decided to try using my childhoodartistic talents to make a living. I am inspired by my surroundings anduse many of the natural elements as a medium for my work. I use antlerwhich are shed every year from moose, deer and elk. I also carve invegetable ivory, soap stone cow, sheep, and goat horn and occasional inivory.

This is a picture of my workshop showcasing one of my latest endeavor's. I personally gathered, washed and wove "pine needles" to make this life size bear.

My wife April and I enjoy this area of the country and are determined to carve out a living doing what we love. We have a small shop called "Mountain Magic" on Highway 93 by the Salmon river and are now exposing ourselves to the world of the Internet. Feel freeto browse the pages of items I have or you can e-mail me if you have a special request. Feel free to e-mail if you see anything you like.

Richard Carpenter, 148 Antelope Dr., Salmon, ID. 83467


gehi6 said...

I also went to this man's web site, and I am impressed with his productivity.  I hope he is able to make a living with his art work.  He deserves it.  Gerry  

hkeimary1 said...

Hi Richard,
When are you going to list the prices for your different pieces of artwork? (Hey, maybe you should go to New York and have a showing.)