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About the Artist - Terry Kipling


Spring Lake, Michigan

B.S. Education Major: Industrial Education Northern Michigan University
M.S. Secondary Education Indiana University


Artist’s Focus:
Wildfowl, Birds




The love of creating with wood has been motivating Terry Kipling since he was a child. He turned his love into a career, spanning almost four decades. He spent 35 years teaching school in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The majority of that time was spent teaching at the Career Center. His major focus was cabinet making, but he also taught building trades. Terry’s teaching position was quite unique, many days he was not in a ‘typical’ classroom environment. His classroom may have been in someone’s yard, building a ramp for a handicapped neighbor or in someone’s home, installing newly constructed cabinets. Wherever his location, Terry’s responsibilities as an instructor were immense. He was always
on guard.

Speaking of being ‘on guard’, Terry taught Driver’s Education for 27 years!

During a 1989 field trip to a local woodworking show with his students, Terry was introduced to a group of local carvers. He was intrigued and impressed with their art and joined their carving club. His first project was Pat Godin’s Canvasback hen.

From his first project, Terry did not look back. He wanted to share his joy for this art form with others, so he established and sponsored an after-school carving club for students and staff for sixteen years. It is his opinion, that the art of carving teaches students to be patient, creative, innovative and thoughtful. Many, if not most, of his students had not had an opportunity to experience the ‘Arts’ and the carving club provided them with this opportunity. Terry says it was very gratifying to watch as his student’s skills and confidence grew. It was
also very exciting to watch the attendance in the club grow.

He considers it an honor to have touched the lives of thousands of students and is confident that the skills they learned in his classes will be valuable throughout their lives.

The DeHaan Family Foundation, Project E, awarded Terry the Excellence in Education Award in 2002 for his mentoring of three students who took very old, very used, very rough walnut lumber and created beautiful cabinets. Terry says the same principle applies to people. Career and Technical Education takes human raw materials and works to create capable, confident and resourceful students with a purpose.

In 1996, Terry was awarded the Lilly Foundation’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship from Lilly Endowment, Inc. This Fellowship allowed him to spend the summer attending carving seminars with world-renowned carvers like Jim Sprankle. His summer project was a Gadwal Drake.

Terry was one of a very few former recipients to be awarded the Lilly Foundation’s Fellowship for a second time, so in 2004 the award enabled him to study the art of painting his woodcarvings. He was tutored by artists Gary Eigenberger and Victor Paroyan.

Since his first carving seminar in 1996, Terry has taken seminars annually, over 720 hours of instruction, and studied under world champions; Keith Mueller, Pat Godin, Gary Eigenberger and Victor Paroyan.


Terry has entered and won several art competitions, including the Grand Haven Art Walk 2011, where he was awarded second place for his "Merganser and Chicks", and Art Walk 2012, where he was again awarded second place for his "Preening Redhead". He was also invited to the juried art show "Art On the Rocks", in Marquette, MI.

Terry and his wife Katherine reside in Spring Lake, Michigan. Terry retired from his teaching career in 2006 and spends his time creating beautiful works of art. He hopes you enjoy viewing his art.


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