Formula for Success

When Gary Tatman was six years old, his grandfather gave him his first pocketknife. “We would spend summer days sitting on a bench under a huge oak tree in the backyard, whittling small branches into toothpicks. I still have the pocketknife,” said Gary.

Seven years later, Gary’s father took him to see the movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen, about the famous twenty-four-hour endurance race in France. “I remember it as clearly as if it were yesterday,” said Gary. “The impression of that movie provided a direction for my woodworking and enough passion to last through the years.”

Gary is a millwork installation foreman and has spent his career shaping and installing wood. “My job has afforded me many opportunities in woodworking and introduced me to all types of tools, which gave me the confidence in shaping wood necessary to produce highly detailed, scaled motorsports reproductions.”

In Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2012 (Issue 56) Gary shares some of his carved pieces. Scroll down to see a few more of Gary’s creations.

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