Posted By admin on December 15, 2012
Alexander Grabovetskiy was born in July 1973 in Dimitrovgrad Russia.
Currently his woodworking / woodcarving shop is located in Waxhaw , North Carolina , US .
Alexander got his first wood carving lessons when he was only six years old from his grandfather.
This brief mentoring in an old workshop was the beginning of a life-long career of wood carving.
When he was sixteen, hes works impressed certified carver Vladimir Tokarev sufficient to make Alexander his apprentice.
He was arrested and sent to prison by the Soviet Federal government due to his Christian faith and refusal to enter the Red Army .
He was freed from prison in age 21.
Alexander immigrated as a political refugee to the United states in 1996.
Alexander Grabovetskiy is a winner of IWCOTY 2012 ( International Woodcarver of the Year 2012 ) by woodworkersinstitute.com .
Alexander did not sand his winning piece as he believes that tool marks make a masterpiece. “It is the same as brush marks on canvas in fine art,” he says.
About his passion Alexander Grabovetskiy said:
” I am Wood Carver and I am in love with wood carving: the beautiful waltz of steel and wood , the slice of the carving edge, smells and sounds.”
“ Carvings made by machines are available but cannot offer the same quality you will find in our carving. Machine made work shows the limitations of a spinning router blade and lacks any sharp, intricate detail.
Each piece from our workshop is individually hand made.”
More wood carvings by Alexander Grabovetskiy can be seen on his website: www.aalmarkllc.com