Lance is a lifelong outdoorsman. Growing up in North Dakota, his Dad instilled in him a love of camping, hunting, and fishing throughout the Western U.S., Alaska, and Canada. After college, his interests drew him to the mountains of Western Montana where he became a fly fishing guide. He fished the world famous blue ribbon trout waters of the Gallatin and Madison Rivers, as well as high Alpine lakes of Montana’s “Big Sky“ country. He later moved to Arizona where he has made his home since 1986. Living and observing wildlife in both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest, have had an influence on wildlife featured in his art.
Fine custom gunstocks are the medium he specializes in, but he also enjoys carving and engraving outdoor scenes on metal, bone, antler, or glass. Lance’s custom gunstock carvings have earned numerous awards including winning the Arizona’s State Fair’s gunstock carving division in both 2009 and 2010.
“I appreciate the beautiful grain of the wood I work with and believe good carving should flow with, and accentuate the grain, not cover it up.”
Rifles with his hand carved stocks, custom engraved hunting knives, and hand carved pistol grips have been raffled or sold at auction at many fundraising events. He donates his art to non-profit groups that promote outdoor education including the Friends of the NRA, Single Action Shooters Society, and the AZ Game & Fish Department’s Hunter Education Program.
Play the video below to see more of Lance Larson’s work.
Lance enjoys carving any species of western wildlife – it doesn’t matter if it has Fur, Fins, or Feathers – Moose, Deer, Elk , Bear, Wolf, Caribou, or Pronghorn; Trout, Salmon, Bass, or Pike; Grouse, Turkey, Dove, Quail, or Birds of Prey. He also has a special appreciation (addiction maybe?) for the wildlife of Africa. From African plains game like Kudu, Sable, Springbok, Zebra, Duiker, Impala, Bushbuck, Nyala, Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Eland, and Warthog; to the “Big Five”, Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, and Africa’s “Black Death”, the Cape Buffalo.
When not carving, he’s probably out with his bird dogs, Thunder & Mauser, enjoying the outdoors and getting ideas for his next carving project.
More of Lance’s Carvings – Click on Images to View Larger.
See more of Lance’s Wood Carvings at Lance Larson Studio.
The Western Art Rodeo Association is proud to have Lance Larson as a member. We are looking forward to seeing what Lance brings to the Next Art Rodeo.