Fifth~generation Mississippian Gerald Richardson has worn many hats throughout his life, but wood carver has been a part of his identity since he was given his first pocketknife by his own grandfather some 75+ years ago. Eventually, Richardson grew into his title "Carving Colonel", not only because he is a master carver, but also because of his military rank. He's a son, scholar, world~traveler, a husband, an officer, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a teacher, an adviser, a furniture maker, a fighter, a hero, and oh so much more. Whatever you decide to call him, Richardson feels "that his intensive wood carving hobby is one of the reasons he has beaten insurance actuaries’ estimates of his longevity by almost fifteen years".
During the Artist's Studio Tour, "Gerald Richardson will be displaying the results of years of his woodcarving. He was a wood carver for Howard Family Home Furniture years ago and can carve anything from the family dog, to gnomes out of cypress knees, and to wonderful crèches".