My First Sculpture
I grew up in small town in Minnesota located on Lake Pokegama where I quickly learned to appreciate the wonders of nature by fishing, hunting, and camping in the Northland.
While at home after the hunting and fishing season I would reflect my experiences a field by sketching wildlife such as deer, bears, eagles, fish, wolfs, and others. At age 11 I went on my first trip to Alaska with my family and friends. This was a special trip because I always wanted to see Alaskan wildlife up close.
On my first halibut fishing trip I observed a pod of Orca Whales about 15 of them swimming alongside the boat, and a few breaching humpbacks. I had never seen anything as amazing. I gained a new appreciation for God’s creation that day. I then begin to put my imagination for whales on a sketchpad. Though my sketching was enjoyable I lost my enthusiasm for artwork at age 16.
I still sketched on occasion but only once a year until our family had moved to Alaska later on in life. I worked most of my childhood building custom log homes with my father. Even though I did not share the enthusiasm for building logs homes that my father had, I still had learned the art of handling a chainsaw.
Later I met a guy who carved bears with a chainsaw. I thought to myself at the time, “I know how to use a chainsaw, why not try to carve Alaska wildlife?”
A few wood chips later I had my first wood carving. It was an Orca Whale wood carving 14 foot long and 3 ft thick. Its still my largest wood carving to date. I carved a few more wood sculptures, then I had a month to display my work at a popular coffee shop in Anchorage.
A couple from Wasilla, Ak was interested in my work and wanted me to carve a couple of bear carving for them. These were my first custom sculpture orders. I then started my custom sculpture and chainsaw carving business called Jordan’s Custom Sculptures.
In the past couple years I have carved many unique pieces for people to fit their needs. I have done everything from bears holding custom signs, elaborate benches, to interior wall carvings. From exterior landmark sculptures to community art projects. Dog portraits, sealife carvings, and sports mascots, I have just about done it all.
I never imagined all of that but now “your immagination can become a beautiful reality,” at Jordan’s Custom Sculptures. www.jordanscustom.com