In memoriam: Jack Thomas, 1930 - 2015. A Korean war veteran, accomplished woodcarver and flute maker, Jack also received numerous local, state, national and international awards in archery. He was a wonderful man, and we miss him greatly. He loved sharing with and teaching others his many talents, especially archery and flute making.

Jack was a co-founder of the "Carolinas Flute Circle". He primarily made commissioned flutes for collectors, and was known for his unusual flutes in highly realistic carved shapes including rattlesnakes, alligators, tomahawks, and totem poles. He decorated the bodies of flutes with relief carved wildlife scenes and basketweave patterns. Click here to see some of Jack's flutes.

Before making flutes, he was a YMCA Director, HAM Radio operator, award winning woodcarver and champion archer with state, regional and national titles.

Jack kindly allowed me to display some of his wonderful carvings here. Click on the image to see a larger version. Note: These carvings are presently in the hands of collectors, and are not for sale.




Portrait bust of Wes Studi's character, "Magua" from the movie, The Last of the Mohicans. Walnut, 13"-high.


Portrait bust of "Chato" (Apache). Basswood, 9"-high, acrylics.



Portrait relief, Daniel Day Lewis' character, "Hawkeye" from movie, The Last of the Mohicans. Cherry, 12"-high, 8"-wide, 1"-thick, acrylics.


Portrait mask, Abe Lincoln, from a rough-out by Rick Harney, basswood, life-size, 3'-thick, polyurethane.


Single-piece basswood relief (only glass eye and mouse whiskers added), 2" X 11" X 14", acrylic paints.


High-relief, 2-piece basswood, 7 1/2 X 13 1/2 X 19", gold and silver gild, acrylic paints, simulated gem stones.


Old Fish House, High-light relief, basswood, 1 5/8 X 9 1/2 X 10 3/4", carved 1 1/2"-deep, from a painting by Bob Bates.


Honduras Mahogany relief, 2 X 11 X 16 1/2", carved 1 1/2"-deep, polyurethane.


Single-piece basswood relief, 1 X 12 X 15", acrylic paints. Titled, "Bud To Bloom".... from a painting by unknown artist.


Single-piece relief, basswood, 2 X 12 X 16", polyurethane. From a painting by unknown artist.


Single-piece relief, basswood, 2 X 11 1/2 X 14", acrylic paints. Titled "Jungle Gems".


Honduras Mahogany relief, 2 X 11 X 16 1/2", carved 1 1/2"-deep, polyurethane.


Single-piece basswood relief, 5/8 X 5 1/2 X 12", polyurethane. Titled, "Pirate On a Rope".

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