Derek's grandfather, living in Montana, is a Master Carver who introduced Derek to carving in 2001. Derek was on his way home from Heartland Baptist Bible College when he stopped to visit his grandfather. Grandfather showed Derek his carvings and gave Derek several tools. Together, they worked on a two-foot by two and half foot carving of panthers in a grassland scene. Derek has this carving and plans to add more foliage some day. This grandfather has been a big inspiration for Derek to carve.
Today, Derek works at a Sioux Falls manufacturing plant called "Showcase Wood Products. Future plans for Derek include making furniture and adding relief carvings to the product. Derek is fond of wild life subjects such as wild cats and panthers for his projects. He has also enjoyed carving small Christmas ornaments for family members. He likes relief carving, but does three-dimensional as well. A leopard lamp carving is one that he has been working on during our club meetings.
Derek earned a BA in Church Music at Heartland Bible College. Today, he is much involved in his congregational activities and does some music arrangements. Derek has also been a pianist for eighteen years. Derek is one of our newer and younger club members and is very faithful to attend our meetings. It's been fun to watch the progress of Derek's leopard lamp carving. It was shown at the Sioux Empire Fair Expo this past summer. We Enjoy Derek's participation in our club activities and appreciate his willingness to serve as our new Vice President.