Robinson Carving Co.

Robinson Carving Co.

Wood Carver

For a kid who was told he'd never work outside because of respiratory issues, Stacey Robinson has had a pretty good run.

Robinson runs Robinson Carving out of Montgomery City, Missouri and has been carving wood sculptures at the Walker County Fair all week. For the past two decades, Robinson has been making everything from cowboys to Indians out of pine. Growing up, though, that dream seemed impossible.
"I was told when I was a kid that I had asthma and I would never be able to work outdoors," Robinson said, laughing. "I've always wanted to work with wood and I always wanted to carve. I worked as a carpenter for 14 years. I cut firewood after work and on the weekends. I did some hand carving and one day it all came together."

The way Robinson tells it, one day he took his chain saw out to cut some firewood. By the time he got back home, he was carting a three-foot cowboy.
"We've been going ever since," he said. "To most people, (logs) probably look the same, but I let the log lend itself to what I want it to be. You can look at it and it can be anything, but if you've got an idea in your head, you can pick out from each log what piece you want to get."

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