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Blake lives in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife Rachel. They have a daughter who attends Lipscomb University majoring in Animation. Blake works for the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Blake started carving in 2001, where he learned to carve spirit faces with Lee Warren at Dollywood theme park. Later that year he subscribed to Woodcarving Illustrated and made a lot of friends on the Woodcarving Illustrated forum. Blake has taken a number of classes from CCA members such as Chris Hammack, Mitchell Cartledge, Dave Stetson, Ryan Olsen, Dwayne Gosnell, Kevin Applegate, and Gary Falin.
Blake is a founding member of the Holston Mountain Artisans Woodcarvers in his hometown of Abingdon, Virginia. At the beginning of Covid in April 2020, he founded the International Association of Wood Carvers which has helped to share woodcarving virtually during a time when classes, shows, and clubs were being cancelled. All meetings have been recorded and are available here; https://www.youtube.com/@intlassocofwoodcarvers.
Blake enjoys attending shows where he has won various awards and enjoys teaching and assisting new carvers with getting started into woodcarving. He enjoys the creative process and the constant learning that woodcarving provides and believes that carvers can always improve if they will dedicate the time to carve some each day and “keep their knife in the wood”. Blake cherishes the friendships that he has made through woodcarving and believes that shows are more like family reunions where like minded friends get together to talk about the art that they love.