After first learning how to carve bone while on my honeymoon in 2002, I felt like I had finally found what I was meant to do. Bone carving has become my primary method of relaxation. I can carve for 12 hours a day and be physically tired, but mentally at peace.
I currently carve in my garage after work and on weekends. However, I live in the Phoenix, AZ area, so it's really hot in my garage. With temperatures over 100+ for nearly half the year, I don't have the opportunity to carve as much as I would like. A space where I can work freely and not worry about passing out from the heat would advance my goal of making carving my full-time job.
Another concern is air filtration. Over time, inhaling bone dust can lead to a form of silicosis similar to what can occur with potters and miners. I am currently making use of a HEPA filtration mask, however the addition of a fresh air system, also known as forced air, would greatly decrease any chance of long term adverse effects from carving.
How the prize would be used:
Should I win the $25000, it would go directly to the construction of my mobile studio.
I would start with purchasing plans from Portland Alternative Dwellings (http://portlandalternativedwellings.com). These plans would be modified to include space to install an air-conditioning unit, generator and a forced air system.
The following components would be purchased along with the materials for construction: 14' double-axle trailer, a Hobby Air Fresh Air respirator system (http://clmcenterprises.com/hobbyair.%20htm.htm), a small RV air conditioner, an adequate generator, tools, lighting and electrical supplies.
Once the components have been collected, construction begins -- and so does the realization of a dream!
DOB *entry accepted-date removed*