|Al Stewart and one of his creations.|
Al seems to be about as unlikely an artist as you might meet. At least on the surface. Remember I've worked in ad agencies and in television where creative people have that certain look. Call it agency chic.
But then he takes out a knife or a dremel or some other tool and starts carving and you start thinking about lessons learned from book covers and judging.
|This stick has a rare, crossing vine mark|
He pointed out all the options to me as we shot footage for the TV story on Fox. All I saw was a root on the end of the stick.
It's not all about money
I have to mention that I'm amazed at the pattern that's developing in my John Carlin's Virginia interviewees. They are not motivated by money. They just want to keep doing what they are doing.
|Raw sticks with vine marks.|
Like others I've interviewed of late, it's more important to be able to keep doing what they are doing, than to have more money. Whether it's Wayne Henderson who sells a guitar for $5,000 that he could sell for $40,000, Nancy Weekly, who works 12 hours on a bracelet and could get $200 for it, but sells it for $80 -- about minimum wage, or Al who gets less than $100 (typically though some go for much more) for his rare creations -- it's the same story every time.
|Videographer Curt Schruth shoots video in Al's garage.|
So here's to people with a talent, a passion, and the sense to recognize its true value.
If you would like to contact Al, e-mail me at Carlinagency@gmail.com.