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Steve Prescott began carving in 1982. He originally wanted to carve birds but couldn’t find any information and instead discovered Harold Enlow’s Carving Ozark Characters book. It was love at first sight. The birds were out and caricatures were in full force. The caricatures just seemed to fit Steve’s personality, especially the western figures. With a hometown known as Cowtown, cowboys were a natural caving choice. Early caricature carving influences included Harold Enlow and fellow Cowtown carvers Claude Bolton and Jack Price.
Steve was a professional educator with more than twenty-five years teaching biology and coaching football. It was natural that teaching woodcarving would follow. Steve began teaching caricature carving in 1987. He taught classes in more than twenty-five states and Canada.
Steve wrote three caricature carving books, Cowtown Carving, Carving BLOCKHEADS, and carving sports caricatures.
Steve received numerous awards in caricature carving, twice winning the Texas Whittling Championship, and was the featured carver at the International Woodcarvers Congress. His carvings and writings have been featured in NWCA Chip Chats, The Mallet, Wood Magazine, Art of the West, Western Horseman, Woodcarving Illustrated and other publications. Steve was co-founder of the Caricature Carvers of America and served as its first president.
Steve passed away on August 2, 2014.