There are a lot of things that I love about being a woodcarver, but the greatest reward is sharing my work with people and seeing the wonder and joy on their faces.
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Dylan Goodson has always enjoyed being creative and making things with his hands. Born and raised in the woods of Coosa County, Alabama, Dylan utilized the ample supply of sticks and wood in his backyard to make wooden boats and other toys as a child. When he needed soldiers to go with his boats, he carved a small army of matchstick-sized soldiers. He enjoyed the creative process of carving so much, he tried his hand at other figures and small human heads. By age 14, his quest to learn more about the art of carving led him to check out every book in the public library about woodcarving. Since then he has carved a wide range of subjects, from human figures to miniature animals.
In 2005, Dylan took his first woodcarving class and started exhibiting his work. He has continued to learn different carving techniques by taking classes from several other carvers and travelling as far as Austria to study at the Geisler-Moroder Woodcarving School. In the fall of 2007, Dylan taught his first class on relief carvings. Since then he’s taught classes around the country and he’s also exhibited his work around the eastern United States, garnering top awards at some of the major woodcarving shows. Most of his work is done in basswood, although he also likes to use mahogany, walnut, and other woods.
In 2011, Dylan teamed up with friend and fellow carver, Carole Jean Boyd to create Rumbling Water Studios and Gallery in Wetumpka, Alabama. Over the course of 2012 and most of 2013, Dylan completed renovations on the studio, which was built in 1818 as a fur trading post and is the oldest surviving business building in Wetumpka. In the spring of 2015, while teaching a seminar in Michigan, a gal making woodchips caught Dylan’s eye. He now resides in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he shares tools and life with his woodcarving wife, Barb.