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Don Hunt's Carving Page

Don’s first carvings were two sets of stylized cats which were carved with an electrician’s knife in 1963. They are still in the family! After a 15 year hiatus from carving he again took up tools to carve a boot and a mouse for his daughters collections, after a trip to Silver Dollar City that was in 1978 and he has contributed to his families collections ever since.


His work in the construction industry took him to many states and exposed Don to many carving environments. He has participated in carving clubs in Missouri, Montana, Texas, California and now in Northwest Arkansas. He was the past president of the Bella Vista Woodcarvers club. Don has participated in several carving shows and has several ribbons to show for his efforts. His first show was in Detroit, Michigan and it earned him two blue and one yellow ribbon in the three categories that he had entered.


In his travels, Don has been able to study carving with some to the top carvers in the country. Since retiring in 1996 he has not missed an opportunity to participate in the annual two week “War Eagle Carving Seminar” located at War Eagle Arkansas and he has been able to carve with some of this country’s greatest carvers.


Don spent forty-one years in the construction field, assigned primarily to power plant and refinery projects. He served as a Field Engineer, Construction Manager and Project Manager with responsibilities for meeting schedules, budgets and assuring that contract requirements were met. His relief when he left the project was to produce a carving. “It’s a means of taking your mind off of the daily pressures applying your energy towards the project at hand”.


Don was raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin where he met his future wife Donna. After four years in the Air Force where he taught electronics, he returned to Ladysmith and he and Donna were married. They have four children and fifteen grand children all with special carving requests, scattered from Illinois to California.


Don’s carvings cover a wide range from small whimsical ornaments to Cigar store Indians and carousel horses. He always has a brogan or a small cowboy boot ready to grace a special friend’s shelf, his calling card for years. These calling cards are located all over the states, with several outside the country. Each carving with his initials, a hole in the sole and in many cases the initial of the recipitants name carved into the boot. His cowboy boots usually have a carving of the state and a star for the location.


To complete the circle he has recently been accepted as a visiting carver at Silver Dollar City located in Missouri,  where he looks forward to meeting carvers and visitors interested in carving.


The nature of carving is that it takes a lot of time to complete and paint so production is limited and you fall in love with each one. A special treat is the feel of caring chips under foot so


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Don Hunt's Mountain Goat woodcarving

Santa Claus

Hey Dude!

Ozark Flossin' and Peg and Peggy the Pirate



Don Hunt's Wild horses woodcarvings

Don Hunt's cowboys

Santa Egg

Draw Partner!


Choppin' wood

Ozark Chess

Just hangin around


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