|This section of our website will highlight
residents of our neighborhood -- some for their contributions
to our community and others with special talents and interests.
We need your help to identify and feature them. To do this,
you can send an article by clicking on the following link. firstname.lastname@example.org
You also can let the webmaster know about someone you think
should be interviewed. Now, with pleasure, we present one of
our "Featured Residents."
and Carol Hamilton moved here six years ago from Warren,
Ohio, after retiring from General Motors. They had vacationed
in the area, always wanted to settle near the beach, and
had already purchased a home in Carolina Shores. At first
they took up golfing and bowling, two activities in which
they remain very active.
years ago when they were in Ohio due to family illness,
Rich -- who was restless -- passed a decoy store,
stopped, talked to the owner, and bought a piece of
wood and a couple of knives. Voila! His carving hobby
was launched. Rich's first venture was a snowman,
soon followed by a Santa. In the beginning, Rich says,
it took him much longer. Now he is three times as
fast. A carving can take as little as a couple of
hours or as long as weeks. Rich usually has several
carvings in the works at the same time. While carving
in his garage, Rich always listens to music.
the two years since that unplanned stop at an Ohio
shop, Rich has carved at least 40 charicature pieces,
including about 10 Santas. His pieces vary in height
from two to 12 inches. Some are groupings of several
figures such as golfers on a green. Rich's favorite
is Fearless Freddy Flossing because it is an original
that he designed.
carvings are painted in a wide variety of colors. Carol
does most of the painting, using acrylics, water colors
Rich belongs to the Windy Point Carvers' Club which
has about 10 carvers and meets monthly. Bob Lehman from
Carolina Shores also participates. Rich has attended
two national carvers' conventions in Pigeon Forge and
a 3-day class at Campbell's Folk Art School in Brasstown.
carving, golfing and bowling, the Hamiltons work at
the Coastal Rescue Mission in Loris. Although their
tasks vary significantly, their primary activity is
preparing food boxes. They are very active members
of their church, Seacoast Vineyard, through which
they are involved with home study groups. When the
Hamiltons see a need, they rise to the occasion, whether
it is helping an impaired or sick friend or delivering
meals to the needy. We are blessed to have Rich and
Carol as neighbors.