|Henry Watson was only fifteen years old when he started wood carving. Ever since then, he has been able to turn old scraps of cypress wood into remarkable works of art. The beauty captured in Watson’s three-dimensional style woodcarvings allows the viewer to step into its scenes, transporting one back to an 1800’s Louisiana landscape.
The artist uses all cypress wood that is at least 150 years old. By traveling the country roads of Louisiana, Watson searches for dilapidated homes and buildings for use of its cypress wood. “Old cypress is the best quality, and the straight grain of the wood makes carving easier. Plus, when I come across these older buildings and homes I have to ask myself about its history, because I can’t help but wonder who lived there and what took place. These pieces of cypress wood that I use tell a story,” he stated.