Louis (Rockaway Beach, MO) is a wheelwright, wainwright, master carpenter and toy maker. He is a portly, bearded man that likes making toys for children around Christmas time (….sound familiar???). He started out learning to make his own toys as a child from his father who, despite being blind, was proof that if there is a job to be done, you find a way to do it. Louis has extensive experience building sets and props, and you can see some of his work – such as a 42′ tall chicken or a 16′ dog – in Branson, MO.
Carol Fountain Nix
Carol Fountain Nix (Raleigh, NC) is an Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, Professor/Instructor, and Calligrapher/Artist/Designer. Carol’s career has encompassed many different areas of art and design. As a business owner of a brand/interactive firm, NIXdesign, for over 20 years, Carol has worked with a diverse range of clients. She has received many national design awards and has been published in many design magazines and publications.
Harold (Marble Falls, AR) became interested in carving quite young and became serious about carving when he was stationed with the US Army, in Okinawa. Harold began carving professionally in the early 1960’s and is considered the “Godfather” of caricature carving in the United States. Harold has given much of his life to promoting the art of caricature carving, sharing his skills and love with thousands of students. Harold has written ten wood carving books and is a founding member of Caricature Carvers of America and a member of the National Wood Carvers’ Association, and several other carving groups around the country.
Stephen (Highland Park, MI) is a designer and craftsman from Detroit, MI, and earned his BFA from the College for Creative Studies (CSS). He is an instructor at CCS teaching design and fabrication, and manages the Metal’s Division at Ganas MFG.
Jason (Eureka Springs, AR) has been a percussionist for over 30 years and is the owner of New World Drums. He has apprenticed with master drum builder Doug Powell beginning in 2017, and has assisted Doug in several drum-making classes at ESSA.
Ken (Greensboro, NC) is an award-winning watercolorist and full-time painter and instructor, 30 years an Illustrator working with advertising agencies and design firms. In his early 30’s, Ken was a Senior Artist for Walt Disney World. Ken is a graduate of Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI.