David Schotter demonstrates his wood carvings of caricatures, Santa Claus (his specialty), cowboys, Hillbillys, bears, animals, and faces in driftwood, etc., using only knives, chisels and hand tools. Admission to this program is free.
David explains, “At an early age I was always interested in art. I used to study the comic strips and political cartoons from the Sunday paper and try to draw them myself. After high school I went to Ivy Tech and studied commercial art for one year, I then joined the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a graphic artist.I started carving wood while assigned to Patrick Air Force Base in the early eighties I started carving tikis from palm tree logs, then faces in driftwood and cypress knees.”
David continues, “My next assignment was Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, there I meet and made life long friends with other carvers and knife makers. I have been carving and drawing ever since. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska was my last assignment, for a while I lived in town of North Pole and learned that Santa Claus is a symbol of Christmas that should be enjoyed throughout the year.”