|Ken Campbell is an award-winning wood carver and nature photographer. Awards for his wood carvings include First Place at the Ward World Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland in 2004, Best of Show at the New England Wildlife Artisans Carving Competition in 2002 & 2003, and First Place at the World Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Illinois in 2001, as well as other top awards at regional and national competitions.|
Ken is a member of the International Wildfowl Carvers Association, National Woodcarvers Association, Wildlife Artisans Association and Pacific Northwest Wood Artisans Association. He has taught wood carving classes for Audubon, Rockler, Woodcraft, the New England Woodcarvers, Adult Education, Elderhostel and the Boy Scouts. In January 2008 Ken taught a penguin carving class to 15 students in Antarctica. He also teaches private carving lessons.
Ken specializes in carving birds and fish, including both freshwater and saltwater fish. Ken began carving bird decoys in 1979 and then started carving fish in 1995. He has a degree in wildlife management and worked for several years for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Ken has used his education to help him to become an award-winning wood carver and photographer, specializing in wildlife. Wood carvings start from an original casting, drawing and photographs. The design is then transferred onto a basswood block. Rough carving and fine details such as scales or feathers are then wood burned to give the carving a truly life like appearance. Carvings are then painted with acrylic paints using an airbrush. The carvings are very realistic with exquisite detail.
In 1998 Ken began a Christmas tradition of hand carving a limited number of folk art ornaments for family and friends. The ornament design is based on wildlife seen during the year. In 2012 Ken combined his love of fishing with his woodworking skills and taught himself the art of making bamboo fly rods.
|Ken and his wife Mary are also award-winning wildlife photographers. They have traveled the world to all seven continents in search of extraordinary wildlife and both have received numerous awards for their photography. Ken received Best of Show in 2004 and Mary received the Best Bird Award in 2007 in the George W. Glennie Nature Salon. Ken took First Place in the Ward World Wildlife Competition in Ocean City, Maryland in 2003 and Mary took First Place in the same competition in 2004. Mary also received a PSA Gold Medal in 2007 in the Best of the Best final competition of the International Club Image Competition. She won the Grand Prize in the 2009 Washington Trails Association Photo Contest and was a finalist in the 2010 National Park Service Share the Experience Photo Contest. Ken has taught photography classes and was a judge for New England Camera Club competitions. Ken and Mary have had photographs published in local and national magazines, brochures and calendars and provide photographic presentations to various community groups including camera clubs, garden clubs, schools, and seniors groups. Ken and Mary are currently working as bioreporters providing photographic images to GLOBIO, a children’s educational website which is designed to teach children around the world about global biodiversity. Ken and Mary also spend time photographing in Olympic National Park. Images taken in the park are donated for use in their publications and programs.|
"The world is like a book - and those who do not travel read only one page!"
-- St. Augustine