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Tom began carving at the age of 12. He became one of America’s most recognized and respected carvers. A resident of West Jefferson, North Carolina, Tom helped thousands of people develop their skills. In addition to teaching, he had written many books – more than 35 . His approach to teaching through his books was straightforward. He led the reader, step-by-step, through the carving process. His books have been well received from the newest learner to the most seasoned veteran, because of the simple methods and obvious enjoyment Tom brought to his art.