How long have I been carving? I discovered chainsaw carving in 1998 in Ruidoso NM. The following day, I convinced my whole band to quit our gig, buy chainsaws and move to Pigeon Forge TN and set up! RL Blair started in about 1970, and I’ve been learning from him since 2009. We both started our whittling as kids though.
Do I do live demonstrations? Yes, I can set up to carve for fairs & festivals. My preference is to play music, so book my band to play and then ask for an added carving demonstration! See my booking info on the contact page.
Do I take custom orders? Yes, sometimes, if I find it interesting. Fair warning, if it's not something I really want to do, it rarely turns out well.
Do I carve onsite? Yes, depending on the wood. (Hardwoods, like oak, are very hard to cut, and they crack, making it not worth the cost or effort.) Email me your details (location, species, photos). You will need a tree trimmer to take down large, unneeded limbs. I don't have those skills. The chainsaw work I do is much safer!
Do I want your wood? If you have Eastern Red Cedar (not Hill Country Juniper) or pine, yes. Email me.
Cattlelacs Gallery in Manchaca Texas, presents an iconic gathering of eclectic talent and interests, from wood carvings to music, to outlandish vehicles!
The Cattlelacs name came from the orchestrator of the project, Doug Moreland, and his 2001 exploit that transformed a ’72 Cadillac into a Texas land yacht, complete with cattle horns on the hood. As next item on his list, the Gallery became necessary for Doug’s main pursuits, as he needed an office to organize his light-hearted, western, traveling band, and a showroom to sell his wood carvings that supported his musical habit. So in 2003, Cattlelacs Gallery rose up on the corner of a former cotton field in the forgotten town of Manchaca (pronounced Man-chak), just south of the Austin city limits. The structures themselves were constructed of reclaimed materials, products of quality from a different era, put to good use and built by Doug Moreland himself (a descendent of original settlers to the area.)
Other artist and musician friends joined in the works, and by 2010 Cattlelacs had attracted a full-time, wood-worker by the name of R.L. Blair. Known far and wide for his 40-year expertise in the business (and contract work done for world-wide Disney© theme parks), R.L. brought a dynamic to Cattlelacs that enhanced Doug’s ideas for this south Austin attraction.
The “Cattlelac” car was featured in a photo in October 2004’s Texas Highways Magazine, as well as E.Joe Deering’s collection Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag (2005 museum display, and 2009 coffee-table book).
R.L. Blair is here whittling every day, but Doug often travels to play music, so call or email if you’d like to coordinate your visit!