Bill Jenkins is relatively new to the carving world. He has only five years of part-time experience, yet he has evolved to a level far beyond his expectations by practicing his art and never giving up.

When two extraordinary artists, both at the zenith of their art, meet, it should be memorialized—by one of them. Fortunately, it was.

Some men have the ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. My father is one of them. He has taught me more than he will ever know, simply by being a woodcarver. Leading by example, he has revealed to me the most important inner qualities that often remain hidden.

When Patrick Pelkey's doctor told him that he had Parkinson's disease, he went to his car and cried. “It was just a shock," he said. “I was 49 at the time."

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder (affecting the nervous system) that is chronic and progresses differently from person to person. While it is treatable, it is not curable. Between one and two million persons in the United States have been diagnosed, and there are about 60,000 new cases each year. No one knows what causes Parkinson's disease.

Self-taught artist combines relief techniques with realism to create fine-art carvings

Fred Cogelow was seemingly destined to be a woodcarver. “Everything kept leading to it,* he said. His father was a woodworker* who died when Fred was six, leaving behind a set of tools that Fred used to make his first carving: a face crudely gouged into his mother's breadboard. He later received a set of cheap carving tools as a prize at his job % as a newspaper delivery boy, prompting his 1 manager to say with a guffaw, “Hey, maybe J you’ll be a famous woodcarver someday!