Richard Houlden's Profile

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To see my shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cartoons2Carvings

I was born in the great state of Nebraska. My grandfather, after serving in WWI, went back home to farm and raise his family. Then at a young age, my “wicked” stepfather (Navy) took me away from Nebraska. When he was done serving we moved to Virginia.

I am blessed to now have a wonderful wife and two great boys. Growing up, Nebraska football was my connection to my state and my family back home. I will always be a Cornhusker, but here is where I met my wife and where my children were born. Virginia is now our home.

I have always drawn from a young age, mostly cartooning. My early training came in the form of the Sunday comics. While most children read them, I would have paper and pencil in hand and draw the ones that caught…

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  • Joined August 4, 2013

Favorite materials

basswood, butternut, helvie carving knives, Drake gouges, watercolor pencils, and of course a sharp pencil for sketching out ideas

Shop

Cartoons2Carvings
hand carved caricatures & more

About

To see my shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cartoons2Carvings

I was born in the great state of Nebraska. My grandfather, after serving in WWI, went back home to farm and raise his family. Then at a young age, my “wicked” stepfather (Navy) took me away from Nebraska. When he was done serving we moved to Virginia.

I am blessed to now have a wonderful wife and two great boys. Growing up, Nebraska football was my connection to my state and my family back home. I will always be a Cornhusker, but here is where I met my wife and where my children were born. Virginia is now our home.

I have always drawn from a young age, mostly cartooning. My early training came in the form of the Sunday comics. While most children read them, I would have paper and pencil in hand and draw the ones that caught my eye.

My first effort with wood came in the form of whittling and then more of a Scandinavian style carving. But life can have twist and turns and for a period in my life I lay down my knives. During this time I continued cartooning. Then one Christmas my boss gave me three rough outs he had from when he tried his hand at carving ducks. He decided he better stick to hunting them. I once again found myself drawn to carving. A year or so later while trying to educate myself on the art of duck carving I came across an article on caricature carving. This is where my two worlds would collide, my love of cartooning and carving now would become part of the same goal.

As I began to learn more about the art of caricature carving I gained some new friends who encouraged me to enter the Caricature Carvers of America competition. With trepidation I entered my first carving competition in 2012 on a national stage of all things. This was in August of 2012; I entered and brought home a 5th place ribbon. Since that time I have won five more ribbons, counting this year, winning three ribbons and my first 2nd place ribbon. During this time I continue to grow as a carver still focusing on turning my cartoons into carvings. To follow along with this journey, visit my blog,


http://www.cartoons2carvings.blogspot.com/

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