Friday, August 15, 2008


While celebrating Ron's birthday, my cousin, Myron Callaham, got that awful phone call. His son had been in an accident. After several phone conversations, they decided to travel back home. He had been riding his motorcycle and lost control. Thankfully he wasn't alone and the other riders were able to get immediate help for him. It could have been much worse, but he only broke his ankle and his hand. HE WAS WEARING HIS HELMET even though Kentucky does have a no helmet law. I have linked the video showing the before and after shots of his bike.

Angels were definitely watching over him that day!!

Happy Birthday Ron

On Saturday, August 9, Ron celebrated his 60th birthday with family and friends. We were both so blessed to have such a large group in attendance. The weather was PERFECT, and there was lots of BBQ Ribs and Cake!!! I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did.

On Sunday, the family gathered at our house for breakfast and then we went to the new carousel at Warner Park. I made a few shots of Eli.

Josh and Ron share August 13 as their special day so Sunday was all about Josh. We enjoyed lunch at Food Works and here are a few pics during lunch.

Friday, August 8, 2008


For those of you who know I have carved a horse which is on the Coolidge Park Carousel, I now have completed another animal, a baby rhinocerous, for the newest carousel in Chattanooga at the Warner Park Zoo.

It has taken me approximately 2 1/2 years (speed is not my strong point) but I'm quite proud of the completed project.

Here is the project as it developed over time.

Beginning the bare wood requires lots of fitting and sanding.

Next, I apply 3 coats of primer.

A hole is drilled for the tail which is made out of aluminum so it isn't easily broken. Then lots of patching and smoothing.

Finally the painting begins.

The detailed painting takes lots of blending and smoothing to create realistic textures.

Finally, the STAR OF THE SHOW!!

I also took pictures of some of the other beautiful animals which help make this carousel one-of-a-kind.

Please come to Chattanooga and visit our newest addition.