I was a sickly kid on the verge of death so I have been told... Well that is sort of the way my mother presented it to me. So, having a protective mother and all that, I found my solitude in drawing at a very young age.
I have been doing art of some sort ever since second grade. I used to think that it was great being in high demand and doing art projects instead of being in class learning boring stuff. I have no regrets about those days, as it lead me to be creative. The learning part has remained a struggle but I preserver as I as I have come to know that knowledge is highly important if you want to be comfortable with yourself.
By the time I left the public school system, art had been deeply embedded in my being. I went to art school at night and worked various jobs and as a photographer during the day until Uncle Sam said sign on the dotted line cause I have a war here in Viet Nam I want you to lend a hand with. As it turns out Sam had other plans for me and I never left the western hemisphere. Seems ole Uncle Sam decided that I would be better off spying on them there commies down in South America. So he puts me on a ship and gave me a darkroom all to myself, lots of film, chemicals and time to hone my photography skills while serving in the Navy.
When Uncle Sam was done with me, I first went into the aero space industry as a draftsman and illustrator until I landed a job with an advertising agency. Also during this time I attended classes at Newark School of Art in Newark NJ, School of Visual Arts, The New School both in New York City and the Newark College of Engineering also in Newark. By the mid 1970’s or there about's, I ventured out on my own as an illustrator and photographer. Work was fairly steady and I got to work at home. The jobs I took on varied from book design, custom logos, advertisements, brochures and book illustration. Between 1974 and 1975 I got a full time gig with a small company called Dankho Jet Charter flying with various rock groups as an in-house photographer and graphic designer.
It was in 1975 when I was working on a book project for professional sculptor, Michael DeNike, that he inadvertently got me hooked on woodcarving. There was just something magical about blasting away all that unwanted wood and vela there it was something mysteriously hiding deep inside that log or slab of wood. I was hooked. Since Michael owned the American Carving School in Wayne, New Jersey I also taught at the school in 1976 and again in 1986 through 1992.
Since then I have traveled around this country bringing my ability to carve and other creative skills with me. From time to time I still do some illustration work or photography but my true love is carving. In the mid 90’s I added web design to my bag of creative skills. And by the 2003 one of my web clients got me into selling and installing solar energy products along with doing my carving business. As it interfered with my time carving and time enjoying life I have been doing less with the solar and have stopped doing installs altogether.
I still sell some solar products but spend more time in my woodcarving studio. In 2010 I hired on with Peter Templeton, a local woodworker and furniture maker to work on a project for Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch which involved over 90 pieces of furniture with 22 of them having animals or scenes carved into them. I worked with three other carvers, about a dozen furniture makers, and a furniture finisher.
Today I have an apprentice who helps me in the wood shop helping out with my small sign projects which gives me more time to do other commissions and fine art carvings.
Working on a carving project for Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch located in Raton and Taos County, New Mexico. I was one of four woodcarvers along with about a dozen furniture makers working on this project for Ted’s new lodge. We carved 16 headboards and several other pieces. A total of 96 pieces.
RIO GRANDE CUTTHROAT
I carved this Rio Grande Cutthroat for the lodges computer desk.
This is one of the two headboard I carved for the Game Bird Room
This is one of the bear headboard I carved for the Bear Room. It features the mother bear along with her babies playing in the trees of the forest.
Terry R. Wolff
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