The Woodward News

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August 30, 2005

Brown a carving artist.

A few miles north of Woodward near Boiling Springs State Park a true artist has been making his mark in the world with nothing but a few pieces of wood, a knife, and a lot of talent.

Victor Brown whittled his first piece of wood in 1958 and hasn’t stopped what he loves doing ever since.

“I still have the very first piece of wood I ever whittled on. I took a small wooden stake and carved it into a never ending chain, that is, I carved a solid piece of wood into a chain and I never had to break a link to make it,” Brown said.

With numerous carvings and art work to his name Brown still stays a humble person.

“I never considered myself an artist,” said Brown

But an artist he has become.

Brown’s major pieces are the canes and staffs he makes mainly for family and friends and occasionally the curious person who hears about his work. He starts with a regular piece of wood such as a limb or root and begins to strip the bark off, sands the limb smooth, and then begins his carvings of usually Indian art work he has studied throughout the years. He finishes with a a handle usually made out of a deer antler and a coat of acrylic lacquer to give the canes a shine.

“In the 1960’s I worked in New Mexico at a uranium mill and was in charge of a seven man crew which meant I was in charge of relieving men who needed a break and making sure things got done. This allowed me to have time to whittle and learn how to really get the carvings looking great,” said Brown.

Brown mainly shows his talent on the canes but his house is full of deer antlers, silver, and even alabaster that he carves on as well. Brown’s house is filled with his own art work and pieces from Africa, Mexico, and all over the United States.

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