“Just before I moved to New Mexico, I owned an airbrush store in a mall in Houston, TX for four years. When I sold it, I was asked to do some artwork fora man named Jonny Savell, which required me to make jewelry. I had no Idea how to make it! My first attempt was carving pieces out of bronze and using a small torch and bronze welding rods.
I moved to Ruidoso in 1994 and worked for Dave McGary on the Free Spirits at Noisy Water project, which stands by the horse track in Ruidoso. I moved to Albuquerque in 1996. Looking for work in the paper, I saw a opening for “wax carver, designer.” This is when I discovered jewelers wax! I struggled with it for a few months, then finally, I was able to make it work for me. I worked at several jewelry companies in Albuquerque. The last one was Kabana/Mati jewelry Co. where I gained a lot of knowledge and experience in carving and jewelry making. I have been freelancing for 15 years now. I carve and design for clients all over the United States. I also have been doing work for the movie business in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. My carved gourd art can be seen in galleries in Placitas and Albuquerque. I always look forward to sharing and teaching what I have leaned so far on my journey.” -Steve Mckibbin, master wax carver