From childhood, through travels and in retirement, local artist Bernie Harris’ passion for woodcarving spans a lifetime
Bernie Harris (Chaunte’l Powell Photo)
Bernie Harris is a soft-spoken man, one whose hand-crafted wooden sculptures speak for themselves.
Originally from Oklahoma, he started working with wood as a child, inheriting a fascination for manipulating wood from his father. His father, a carpenter, made things that were needed around the house. Harris grew up interested in the projects his father undertook and wanted to be a carpenter, but did so only as a hobby. He took more lessons after coming to the Roswell Adult Center.
One of the few occupations he held over the course of his lifetime was as a bus driver. He drove a bus for several years and had the opportunity to travel all over the country, gaining a better appreciation for America along the way. His journey during his time of Login to read more