Alexander A. Grabovetskiy carves from early morning to late in the evening. But it was not always this easy for the award-winning wood carver. Born in the Soviet Union, Alexander received his initial education in ornamental wood carving from his grandfather when he was six years old. By the time he was sixteen, he was noticed by Vladimir Tokarev and taken under his wing, learning the art of carving true masterpieces. Life seemed to be heading in the right direction for Alexander when he suffered the biggest setback of his life. He was arrested by the Soviet Government and sent to prison for his adherence to the Christian Faith and refusal to enter the Red Army. He was released from prison at the age of 21. By that time, Alexander had already started a successful architectural and ornamental wood carving business from prison. In 1996, Alexander, his wife Nadia, and their ten-month-old son Mark moved to America where he has become one of America’s premier carvers. In 2012 he was selected as the International Carver of the Year. Alexander’s intricate wall decorations and wood ornaments grace the walls of royal palaces. In 2015, Alexander received the Woodworking Excellence Award in Turning, Carving and Object d’Art award.

Workshops with Alexander

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