Wood Carving Artist
Ernest is a native of Southern California. He
studied at Pasadena High School there he ran track and worked in the woodshop. He says “I never made anything that looked decent”. That is not the case today! He took a few art classes and enjoyed them. He found them to be rather easy.
Ernest became interested in carving wood in the 1970s. He started with easy figures and quickly moved on to increasingly more difficult and intricate designs. Ernest is a self-taught woodcarver. His first difficult piece was “The Lord’s Supper” in 1979.
Mr. McCalman has participated in two other
Black History Art events prior to this Alkebu-lan
Art showcase. Ernest says that wood carving, gospel music, and the oldies make for a good way to clear his head and relax. He loves making his carvings more Christian based, but he can deliver a beautiful carving on any theme. Ernest appreciates being able to
share this lost art.