A self-taught wood carver, Joe Offerman took up his craft in 1985 after retiring as a speech and language pathologist. His Santa figures, “wood spirits,” holiday ornaments, and shelf mice all show the dexterity and marks of the carving knife. His Knee Santas are made of Cypress knees and the shelf mice have leather tails and horse hair whiskers.
Joe teaches wood carving in KY, IN, CO and FL to promote interest in his art form. He has received numerous commissions for wildlife carvings, his Santas and nativity scenes. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, the American Museum of Folk Art, NYC, and the Owensboro Museum. His Santa figures were featured on HGTV in December of 2002.
Joe’s work can be found at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; and at Artique, Lexington, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; KY’s Best, Owensboro; True Kentucky, Glendale; Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg; Completely KY, Frankfort; Damselfly Gallery, Midway; Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah; and at many Kentucky State Park gift shops.