The first songbird he ever carved won Best of Show and First Place at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, TN in 2001, and he won the Silver Brush Award at the Tullahoma, TN Fine Arts Festival. In fact, he's won ribbons and awards for every carving he has ever entered in competition over the years since he focused on wood as his primary artistic medium. He considers his greatest honor to date as being selected to carve a bluebird ornament for the White House Christmas tree for an "All Creatures Great and Small" seasonal theme. First Lady Laura Bush invited him and his wife, Zan, to Washington for a special viewing of the nation's Christmas tree.
His work is sold at the Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. He carved an Ivory Billed Woodpecker for the IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville, TN and a Red Cockaded Woodpecker for a Florida nature Center, as well as a Hummingbird carving which was presented to the Vice President of Nippon Telephone & Telegraph Co., the largest corporation in Japan.