Lonnie, born in 1949, and Twyla, born in 1952, were both raised along the Jackson/Laurel county line in Eastern Kentucky, where they are now cattle farmers. They have converted one of their milking barns into a studio.Lonnie attributes his talent as a carver to his great-grandfather who was a carver in Switzerland before immigrating to the United States in 1883. Aside from a cane he carved for his grandfather as a child, Lonnie's first pieces were small, carved animals he made during the 1970s. In the early 1980s, he did piece-work for the crafts-marketing program at Berea College, cutting and carving out basic animal forms for other craftsmen to finish. By the mid-1980s, he began making his own designs for animals, which he carved and painted.Around 1990, Twyla began working with Lonnie and expanded their output by taking over most of the painting responsibilities in creating the whimsical and finely crafted, carved and painted animals for which they have become well-known.
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