Wayne Shinlever began carving in 1985 and has studied with many woodcarvers. He is a versatile carver with favorite subjects being elves, Santas, and Western caricatures. His carvings have won many awards and have been displayed on TV, in national magazines, and in museums. He has taught at the Folk School, Tennessee Valley Woodcarving Schools, and workshops throughout the East. Wayne is a charter member and officer of the Tennessee Carvers Guild, the National Woodcarvers Association, and a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild.