Featured Local Artisan: Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder’s connection to wood carving began when he was quite young. “I carved a horse for my younger cousin when I was 8 years old and I thought it was fun, so I have been carving ever since.”

“One of my favorite quotes is by John Muir, ‘In wildness lies the hope of the world.’ and I agree with that. He was out in Yosemite Valley one day and he was looking at a little flower and somebody was talking to him and he said ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.’”

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“The birds here are connected to the whales, to the elk and to the little mice running around. As you begin to see that, you begin to see the big picture connection. It is pretty remarkable and making that connection creates an inclination to say ‘I am going to do what I can to help protect it.’”

“If we can help people understand that connection – between humans and nature, that we are all in it together, it would be a remarkable gift. In my woodwork, I try to portray the strength and beauty of the animals that live in our forest.”