and Jo Anne are both natives of Missouri. They were married in 1982 and travel
with their four children; Clint, Ashley, Taylor and Bailee.
carving at age twenty-one, his first piece being a cowboy that was so realistic,
orders soon began pouring in for anything from exotic animals, to Indian and Western
art, to wildlife.
Robinson then began displaying his work at art shows,
where he was winning in competition even against hand carvers!
his job of fifteen years of carpentry, Robinson set out on his own, selling his
work at craft shows and through phone orders. Within a year, Robinson joined
a talent agency, where he began touring the states, performing in front of crowds
at state and county fairs, grand openings, and open houses. Here Robinson does
most of his stump carving and takes orders he and his wife, Jo Anne, fill between
shows and in the fall.
Jo Anne began carving when she heard a small amount
of women were doing it. She read of only six, and knows of only one other woman
carving as an exhibition carver! She is also in charge of the business end, handling
their bookings, setting prices on their carvings, and taking the orders.
The Robinsons encourage their four children to get involved in the show. Their
son, Clint, began carving at home in the fall of 1997. He did his first exhibition
carving in the spring of 1998. He will continue carving as an exhibition carver
throughout the year. Selling his carvings came easier than expected. It was quite
clear from the beginning he had inherited the talent that his parents refer to
as a gift. (That, or he paid very close attention!) Clint also cleans the carvings
and treats them while the audiences watch. He is in charge of getting the sculptures
ready for auction. Ashley and Taylor both announce the shows and provide information
on the auction of the carvings, reminding the audiences the proceeeds go back
into their event. The girls also hand out business cards to those interested.
The Robinsons try very hard satisfying their customers,
whether it be for an order, or pleasing an audience at a show, to simply answering
questions. They believe it is this that keeps their business growing and their
chainsaw art in such demand!