The state of Texas has the highest percentage of registered woodcarver artists in the country with more than 20,000 people, according to the Texas Craftsman Association.
But the numbers are skewed.
In addition to woodcarved objects being the most popular, there are also many more registered woodcutters.
There are more than 14,000 registered wood carvers in the state, according a study published in the Journal of the American Woodworker last year.
“There’s more than 1,000 wood carver studios in Texas, which is almost double the number of woodcarve studios in California, where there are about 1,400,” said Kristin Renn, a woodcarVER member and member of the Texas Woodcarvers Association.
“That means Texas has more woodcarves than any other state, and it’s not just the Texas population that has the potential for this kind of work.”
According to the association’s website, there were 5,848 registered woodcrafters in Texas in 2015.
Texas has a high number of registered carvers because woodcarvings can be made in a wide range of sizes, styles and materials, said Renn.
There are many styles of wood carving that are not easily available in the United States, such as hand-carved wooden furniture, or hand-cut wood furniture, said Michael Auerbach, director of woodcrave, an online resource for woodcarven artisans.
“You can make a table, you can make an antique piece, you’re going to find a lot of wood,” he said.
“It’s a very specialized art that requires a lot more skill and skill and expertise.”
Auerbach added that the vast majority of woodcraft artists don’t have formal education or training.
“They don’t go to college,” he added.
“They don`t get any professional training.”
Renn said she thinks Texas is more of a “gift” state.
“Texas has a lot to offer, but they also have a lot going on here that’s not going to be available in other states,” she said.
“It’s not like it’s all about Texas, it’s a lot about our community.”
Woodcarving is not just for the rich, however.
In the past few years, Texas has been recognized for its commitment to public land conservation and wildlife conservation, said Auerbeck.
The Lone Star State is also home to a handful of private woodcarvin studios, which are run by volunteers, said Robert Kallen, president of the Woodcarver Shooting Association of Texas.
Many of these studios were established in recent years, Kalles said.
While these woodcarverns have fewer patrons than the larger studios, they also tend to be more creative, with more work to do, he said.
“They’re more of an art form, but you can also make a wood carving in your garage or a backyard,” Kalleng said.
Many woodcarvan studios also host free workshops for the public.