Jerry Aragon's Wood N' Things
When I first started wood carving, I chose to carve animal figures.
The National Carvers Museum, offered pre-cut figures in sugar
pine, so it was easy to get started, without spending a lot of money
on tools and supplies.
For my first project, I chose to carve a small elephant, which I thought would be easy to paint and so forth. After the piece was
finished, it looked more like a camper shell, than an elephant, but
I didn't get discouraged.
For my next project, I chose to carve a camper shell, in hope that
it would turn out like the elephant I wanted in the first place!
Anyway, after completing about a dozen animal figures, I took them with me, along with a bunch of junk, to the flea market. The wood figures were not for sale...I just wanted to get reaction from a lot of people.
Later on in the day, a woman from Santa Fe, stopped by my display, and asked me about the little "critters" as she called them.
I told her that I carved them, and she invited me to participate in
an arts and crafts show on the Plaza in Santa Fe.
WOW! People from all over the world visit Santa Fe, New Mexico,
and I'll detail what happened in another piece later.
After I finished the Santa Fe show, I participated in over 40 shows
all over the state of New Mexico, and I found out just how popular
animal figures are, by people who collect them.
I met a man from Florida, who was a member of a elephant collecting club; I sold a little lion to a woman mad about lions...she even had part of her kitchen wall-papered with lion graphics;
a well-known reporter at ABC news, was doing a story in Africa,
fell in love with giraffes, and wrote a book about them; and
woman at work, collects frogs, and is known as the "frog lady."
ADVICE: For those of you interested in getting into the art/craft
world. Do what I did. Get your work out there in front of a lot of people, so get reaction to your work. Don't put it up for sale...just
get reaction. If it's good...you're on your way. (But, don't start at a big show like I did...start at a small show)