Woodlot Artisans LLC has roots that go all the way back to Heather Baileys mother, Grace Dowling. Without her gumption and inspiration Heather never would have picked up a chainsaw and Justin never would have even known about chainsaw carving.
Grace grew up in Southern California near Disneyland, which had a large influence on her as an artist. She had always enjoyed drawing but looked into sculpture when her mother was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and was going blind. Her Mom was always the biggest fan of her artwork.
In the early 1990's there were only a handful of women chainsaw carvers in the world! Once, Grace watched some men chainsaw carving in Big Bear California and seriously wanted to learn how to do that. None of those carvers wanted to teach a woman, so Grace carefully taught herself! She is one of the first women chainsaw carvers in America.
Grace won 1st place for Novice Division, and carver's and people's choice the first time she competed in 1996. After about 2 yrs. of carving, Grace had the opportunity to add on to an existing carving at Disneyland. She did a good job, and was grateful to the Disney carver who encouraged her by subcontracting the job to her. Grace went on to do a carving for the Knott family, of Knott's Berry Farm fame and for several famous entertainment industry stars.
Grace was the first woman carver with 'Masters of the Chainsaw' and carved in four different states representing them in CA., AZ., NV. and CO. She also carved at Fairs and Sportsmen's Expos. In three states. She often took her two children with her when traveling, as she was a single parent and her kids were a big help. Due to painful issues with her back, Grace stopped carving for many years. It was a passion she sorely missed, so when she can, Grace carves as much as possible at her home in Hesperia, CA.