From Father to Son, Woodcarving More than Just a Hobby for ACMC’s Terry Tone

Published in Medical Professionals Author: Carris Health

The intricate Iroquois Indian woodcarving that graces his home is one of Terry Tone’s favorites, and for good reason. It reminds him of his late father who was also a woodcarver and the reason Terry got into woodcarving.

Terry didn’t grow up watching his dad spend hours woodcarving. In fact his dad was 60 years old when he started carving.  It wasn’t until Terry’s own kids were older that he first tried his hand at it in 1991, and he’s been an avid woodcarver ever since.

“I remember when my dad first started woodcarving, I was always amazed at how beautiful his pieces were and how quickly he picked the art up.  It’s really special to me that it’s something I’m able to share with him even now that he’s gone,” Terry said.

Through the years Terry has amassed a unique collection of woodcarvings.  He’s completed more than 400 carvings from caricatures to 3-D figures, including sports figures and Native Americans.  They range from six inches to four feet.

“I’ve found the more intricate something is, the more I like to carve it.  I think that’s why I like the Native American carvings so much.  There is so much beauty to them – from their expressions to their dress and other embellishments,” he said.

Though he enjoys his executive administrator role at ACMC, it doesn’t give him the chance to express his artistic, creative side. Woodcarving has been that release for him.

“It’s relaxing, and when I finish a project, I have a piece of art to show for the many hours of work,” Terry said.

Many of these pieces decorate the Tone home although he’s given away a few to his children and other family as well as charities for auctions.

Terry Tone with his Woodcarvings

Terry at home with a few of the many woodcarvings he has made.

Terry at home with a few of the many woodcarvings he has made.

When Terry retires later this year, he figures he’ll spend even more time with the hobby he has become so passionate about.

“I’ve found I really like getting to work on larger pieces, but they take a little longer than smaller carvings so I don’t get to do as many of them as I’d like.  Later this year I plan work on a big carving of a captain behind a ship’s wheel.  It will be one of the largest carvings I’ve ever done,” he said. When it’s complete it will stand six-feet tall, four-feet wide and nearly three-feet deep.  It will join the sailor with a hook arm that currently decorates his lake home yard.

Though Terry is the lone woodcarver in his family now, he hopes one day he too can pass along the hobby that meant so much to his dad, and now himself.

“My kids used to pick up the tools and tinker around with carvings from time to time. I’m hoping one day they’ll pick it up again,” he said.  “Maybe then they’ll be able to look back and have the same fond memories of me as I do of my dad.”