By Anne Marlowe
husband, and father of 5, Chad Poppleton, grew up ranching, breaking horses and
learning the finer points of art with his father who in addition to working the
family ranch, was an oil painter and illustrator. Art was just as much a way of
life to Chad as ranching and he knew from an early age, he was also going to be
blessed with a father who taught me to see things with an artistic eye.” Chad
told me during our interview. “I wouldn’t be anything without my art, it kept
me out of trouble while growing up.”
father not only taught him to see things with an artistic eye, he introduced
him to many other artists in places like Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s galleries who
encouraged him. Chad took art classes in high school, continuing to a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University in 2003.
“Accuracy is important to me
but, so many people think it’s in the details of art that make it so. It’s the
major shapes, forms, and design that create an accurate piece.” He said.
hunter, Chad finds the quiet and stillness of waiting for game aids in his
learned so much about animals, their feeding and resting habits and when the
shadows will be best to paint, when hunting.” He mentioned. “Anytime I am
fortunate enough to harvest an animal I am moved and thankful.”
This year he
and 3 of his children packed their horses into the hills, to be blessed with 3
nice mule deer to fill the freezer. Chad cherishes the moments in nature with
his kids and with the help of his lovely wife Amy, is passing on the heritage
of hunting through fair chase and conservation to them.
career achievements including the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Bob Kuhn Award,
Chad counts his induction into the prestigious Cowboy Artist of America
Association as one of his greatest honors.
He feels most
humbled and honored however, from his fellow sportsmen and cowboys.
fellow sportsman or cowboy, sees one of my paintings and says, “That painting
shows the way it really is!” That is the greatest compliment to my work.”
You can see
more of Chad’s work or contact him at https://chadpoppleton.com/
or email him at email@example.com
Facebook friends with Gary Bolduc several years ago and have long admired his
beautiful knives and the custom leather sheaths he makes to go with them. His
work is beautiful and highly sought after by outdoorsmen and women.
avid fisherman, recently relocated to Asheville, North Carolina to be closer to
his daughters. He loves Asheville and living amongst the many other artists in
self-taught bladesmith, needed a hobby when the recession of 2008 hit, and he
wasn’t working as much in his Civil Engineering Consulting business. Through
watching many videos and getting some advice from fellow knife artists, Gary
began crafting his knives.
is different, I start out with a basic idea, then I decide the best way as I
go.” he says of his custom work.
One of the
things we talked about, was how the ladies of the hunting world caught on to
his knives. “Over 50% of the knives I make are custom designs for women.” Gary
said. “We design them together so they are exactly what they want for their
lifestyle and they fit their hands better than many you can find in the
Lacock of Becky Lou Outdoors agrees. She has 2 of Gary’s knives and takes one
hunting each time she goes out. Becky sent me this quote:
an avid knife collector, I had admired many knives created by Gary Bolduc and
concluded he was undoubtedly an expert in his field. Gary's knives are created
to be a unique reflection of the person it is created for and he will settle
for nothing less. Together we decided on muskox horn for the handle, also
adding a few pieces to the handmade sheath. It was his suggestion to
engrave my logo on the blade for the final touch. With his
experience and vision for the perfect knife for me and my lifestyle, this knife
was born. I
have been thoroughly pleased with my forever knife."
You may see more Gary Bolduc knives at http://bolducknives.com/
is a freelance outdoor writer, author and owner of The Adventured Life, a
travel and history blog. www.TheAdventuredLife.com.