<gallery>Image:|Tom WolfeImage:|"Racoon and Dog" wood carving by Tom Wolfe</gallery>Tom James Wolfe began woodcarving at the age of 12. He has become one of America's leading wood carver with nearly 50 books in print with Schiffer Publications to date. Tom currently resides in Spruce Pine, NC and teaches classes several times a year at his workshop on Grandfather Mountain, as well as at the John C. Campbell School in Brasstown NC. In recent years Tom has taught classes in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Canada. Tom is a lifetime member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, having been awarded this distinction in 2006, and can be found demonstrating and selling his original wood carvings at many of the Guilds shops several times throughout the year. Tom's main area of artistic exploration is what is referred to as Cariacature Carving. He is a member of the Cariacature Carvers of America(the CCA), an association of like-minded Artists who work to further the craft and the public's greater appreciation and understanding of it.