was born and raised in small town in rural Iowa. This upbringing
developed a strong desire to work hard and be proud of his work -
before, during, and most definitely, after.
Ron has always been intrigued with sculpting and like
most children, he was able to develop his creative side with playdoh. By the time
Ron was 10, he had spent many hours watching his father work on the
bodies of cars and trucks. With eyes burning from staring at the
sparks of the welding torch, Ron was filled even more with the desire to
create. One day his dad showed him how to weld and turned him
loose on the scrap pile. It didn't take long until Ron was creating 2
and 3 foot "statues" made from scrap pieces of iron. Now, with all that
behind him, along with a few years of junior high and high school wood
shop, Ron has an incredible knowledge of wood and the ability to apply
his talents to a simple piece of wood and turn it into a piece of art
that will last indefinitely.
Ron started carving wood with a chainsaw in late
2004. For more than 30 years prior to giving his artistic side life, Ron put in his time learning everything about the tools used in his
craft while working with a small local tree service as a groundman,
climber, cutter, feller, and foreman. He was taught hands on and that's
exactly how he still functions today, not afraid of any job. Carving full time is a main goal in Ron's future and he is progressively
moving forward to achieve it.
Recently Ron decided to take yet another step towards
his dreams and purchased a one man tree service. With the addition
of the Tree Service, Ron can now offer his customers the service of
cutting trees along with creating one of a kind pieces of art.
Running his own tree service allows Ron to select premium logs for
carving, which means he will only use the best choices for each and
every carving or sculpture he creates. Ron recently began carving
publicly at small town and county celebrations. Ron also has attended the Ridgway Rendezvous in Pennsylvania along with over 250
other carvers from around the world.
Ron has carved over 500 name signs and unique
sculptures which have taken up residency in at least 20 states. Ron says the
best part of creating his signs and sculptures is to see the reaction of
the customer when they first see their wooden piece of art. He feels it
is truly amazing, the feeling he gets when people get emotional at that
"Thank you for taking time to look at my
site and learn a little bit about me. I hope you like what you see!
I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, and most
importantly, with honesty! Once again thanks for looking!! I look
forward to carving a truly unique creation for you!!! "
Ron Alspach, owner of Lumberjack Knicknacks
& Lumberjack Tree Service