Bob Triplett’s been carving wood since he was nine years old. Now, in his youthful 70’s, he’s skillfully coaxing beautiful fish and birds from scrap lumber and most any other wood he lays his hands on.
Bob’s creativity and ingenuity is not limited to wood. It seems that when he feels the need for some specific tool, he just builds that, too. A visit to his shop was like a trip to Santa’s workshop – if Santa were a military helicopter mechanic crossed with a sculptor!
In addition to his knife skills, Bob is an accomplished painter, which is evident in the great beauty of the custom-mixed-by-the-artist stains and paints and the fine detail in their application to finish his pieces. The result takes his carvings from folk art to fine art.
National magazine WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED has featured Bob’s work twice. His 2×4 fish graced the cover of the Spring 2011 issue and the Summer 2011 issue contained his step-by-step lesson in carving a chickadee from scrap wood. He makes it look easy with beautiful and generous detailed instruction – yet more evidence of his talent.
Bob will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of his work on the Gallery page of our website www.ybcrafts.org.