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,~ess~ve, P, ecorO, Reporter Wednesday. Apnl 25, 2001 I I I II I II I I Im le f -l km B Arts & Entertainment Opinion & Perspective Q Letters to the Edit.or Vitals 18 eaOos, coyotes aml hawks are true retpliea otbem depict the spirit of This coyote "spirit" was carved from an oJk Jmd is one small part of It tional award-winning carver tests as he broadens his expertise there are can only a'gift from a have never had ' h'ling, yet as L creating it aad always been m.,.:.:~Wlnning WOod fletcher is one of Hatcher carved "The Chief" from a 3-inch by 3~nch by 2- Inch piece of blue obsidian. Hatcher was recently awarded Croftsnum of tha Month by Rock & Gem Magazine for his creation. / Portola resident and master carver, Larry Hatcher, is an Intematisnai award-winning wood ~lrve4r whose talents appetr to be a true gift from it higher being. s b hrn and raised growin up realizing ,.,: ? was anas. ,- ' tcher went .Oakland Tri- at the right angle, it resembles with tin oxide. tiger eye. .. "The whole project was trial ~il~a~njury PUt him Stone is a fairly new rnea~- and error from start to finish, IkZ " about1974. ,Srecuperating um for Hatcher and he tries to and tookabout 30 hours to work stone into each of his complete,' said Hatcher. by making a pieces, either as a base or as It recently won Hatcher the "rags With knives theobject itself, honor of Craftsman of the t even teven know I was ca- Hatcher said he has becomeMonth for Rock & Gem Maga- e as acom. quite the rock hound and be- zinc. he said. tween the rocks he finds and His newest carvings include a friend intro- the ones friends find for him, tomahawks, shaman rattles, he will be carving rock for stone knives and other items m,,'tngVOWerhe tools and identified with the native he-knew, he was quite some time. American Indians. dants from stone, until a friend Many of those items include p ;v:gs even he He began carving small pen- her attended the brought him a 3-inch by 3-inch carving on pieces of elk and tirtal EXh o l Carver'sibitinanbY 2-inch piece of blue obsidiand asked him to try and channels.btaineddeer antlers--all of which werethrough the correct Canada. carve something out of it. __. II txve of his Lleft'~'l~h . carv- After looking the piece over The list of tools he uses is as m._ -., ZOUr first for several days and from sev- long and includes chisels, ectld Place, and a eral different angles, Hatcher gauges, band saws, chain saws began his magic, which result- and foredom grinners. His expertise with the fore- ~,he sent a COU le ed in "The Chief." dora grinder, a super dremel. gS, ca P of ~'~t~Cua2ed Jewelry, "The stone had a layer o~ black about one.eighth incncame while he was working as resa- n -wod Carv. thick on three sides, with the a dental technician, a career In-..'"= ~n Daven he was trained for as a result [aW h ce.edeS aw Port, rest of it being gray," he said." of his previous injury. a firstHe started the carving Hatcher said his art is an ex- F:I an l a SamPle of a wet, one-quarter inch shank, _ a earnCa doe sn t do it for the money. has Won one and one-half by three-tension of himself and he g. eighths inch diamond wheel."I like my way of life and I The ,- his tradeAfter the rough shape was uarver,, u " done he switched to one-eighth don't want to have to change, tale,,,,s ng inch shank diamond burrs of he said. Which is what might happen fh nl carve several shapes which were al- if he found himself having to Ptaeral a, to Stonet steel, so used wet. fin-fill orders on a regular basis, | ; oWhat Wood he "When the carving was s versus creating pieces on con. i With - ished, I used rubber abrasive, I ,'tmtl t bll.., most, both points and one-inch signment or for his own plea. v ltae, an eye, wheels of different grades from sure. OaWo0 vf aOwn as coarse to very fine," he said.: .. To find an artist with such "utlth A'- om Cen- Next he used a hard tei extraordinary talent is rare : merica,,, he rr se wheel with white diamond and if the opportunity ever id it ls ,,- - buffing compound, soft felt arises to view Hatcher s cre. :--ere is o..)ae heavi, wheel with several rouges,.and ations up close, it would be When cut finished with a cotton wnee well worth your while to do so. cawed out of of to n...dve Irons, m exq.islte. piece tj . fsilll WOuld move as if be about to ' IJlmk walas Amedem eagle wm earved from m ngli.