Mike Jackson, a commercial electrician for twenty-four years, suffered serious injuries in a scaffolding accident. His neurologist suggested he stay busy, and recommended doing something with his hands, like whittling. Jackson had painted some, but had never done any carving. It was slow going at first, but the more he worked, the more the carvings improved. Jackson has very few of his pieces at home because almost everything he carves sells. He has also added molding clay faces, which he paints expressively, to his list of accomplishments.