Carving Artists in Tennessee

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From ice to wood to peach pits, these artists have carved their niche in Tennessee. Here are a few unique carvers throughout the state:

Casey Jones Village, Wildlife in Wood Studio, H. Dee Moss

H. Dee Moss carves wildlife from wood at his studio at Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee.


Peach Seed/Peach Pit Artist in Tennessee

Roger Smith of Culleoka, Tennessee, carves creations out of peach seeds, from tiny animals to an entire baseball stadium.


Ice-carving Champion Matt Simonds from LaVergne, TN

Matt Simonds of LaVergne, Tennessee, creates functional art out of blocks of ice for venues as well-known as Opryland Hotel.

Do you know a special Tennessee carver who would make a great story for Tennessee Home & Farm magazine? Let us know in the comments!


  1. John & Debbie Allen

    October 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hey All,
    Yes, I do know a very, very, special Tennessee carver who would make a great story for you guys!!! It is my better half – John Allen (retired helicopter pilot for the Tennessee Highway Patrol), he has been carving for 25 yrs. – was once featured in Southern Living ( I think that was the name of the magazine). Anyway, he would never brag on himself, but he is definitely a master carver. You can contact me via of our email or call me by cell #423-462-4682. Should you want some pics, I will be glad to provide. Johns “carving” getaway is a 100+ yr. old log cabin that we bought (unassembled) and reassembled on our property. He gets his bluegrass going — just stay clear, cause you can hear him sing (not so pretty) and stomp his feet if you are anywhere closeby. Have a blessed day!!!!
    Debbie Allen

    • Jessy Yancey

      October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks for the story idea! We’ll put it under consideration and will be in touch if we decide to feature your husband!

      Thanks for reading Tennessee Home & Farm!

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm

  2. Derrell Vaughn

    January 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    My 83 year old mother has long collected roosters. She has one carved by Arthur Hope of Loudon, TN. I found an obituary that shows he died in 2012 (I believe), but I cannot find any other information on him. There is no telling how long Mom has had this rooster, which is about three or four inches tall and does not have a date on it.

    • Angel

      May 21, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Darrell, My boyfriend said that Aurthor’s wife was normally the one that carved out the roosters for fun and sold them at Dollywood. They sold everything from teamwear to actual carving knives and hand carved walking sticks. Woodworking was a big part of his passion. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, a deacon of a Baptist Church, a Sunday School teacher, a fisherman, a wood carver, a family man, and unfortunately he passed in 2012. I know you wrote your post in 2016 but if you ever want to sell that rooster it would probably bring a lot of joy to my boyfriend’s heart.

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