I grew up in a hunting family, my father actually served as a duck hunting guide at one time and we raised Brittany Spaniels,bred for their ability to retrieve.
My father took me on a few hunting trips, but once I actually lucked into downing a duck, it was all over for me. Never would I purposely target animals again, no matter how delicious they are cooked up. While I'm not a vegetarian, I certainly would be if it were left up to me to supply the freezer.
What in the heck does this have to do with art? Well, while on a press trip to Big Cedar Lodge, I experienced for the first time the incredible Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri. We were taken to the fabrication shop where the magnificent chandeliers, cabinets and carvings are created for the stores, and for Big Cedar Lodge. You don't have to be a hunter to appreciate the great lengths that have been taken, for these now 57 stores across the country, to be incredibly artistically directed.
Pictured is one of the artisans, Josh Cozort, who gave us an in-depth demonstration on how he creates the copper relief items that adorn chandeliers and light fixtures.
Also, while on the trip we experienced a fly fishing lesson at the Dogwood Canyon nature park, which was really a blast. The park is adjacent to a huge land reserve of thousands of acres where bison and elk are allowed to roam freely.
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