We are so honored to introduce Graham Webb III as Patriot Art Foundation's first featured veteran artist. He is a woodworker, currently residing in Columbus, Ohio. Graham was introduced to PAF through the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Graham proudly served in the active-duty Army, National Guard, and Reserves. Through these experiences, he developed a mindset that one should always give more than they take. Graham still lives by this motto today by donating his time to perform TAPS for military veteran's funerals. Creating art for others is another important way that Graham gives back. As much as he enjoys the creative process, he finds even more fulfillment knowing someone else can enjoy his work.
My art is 'quiet time' where I can focus on something that brings a level of calm. This is time for my soul to become whole.
As important as it is to create it is equally important to do positive things with what is shaped, such as helping and appreciating others. –Graham Webb, III
Contact Graham Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham describes the beautiful meaning behind his creation below:
A Navy aviator is on a training flight teaching students aviation navigation. Something goes catastrophically wrong and the small jet goes down. There are no survivors.
A friend that I had gotten to know from the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders knew that I was a wood carver and had done carvings in support of the veteran community. My friend asked if I could do something for one of families. I asked my buddy to speak with the family and see if there were any branches of a tree from where they live that they could send me. I received a box with a couple small logs in from a birch three their loved one had planted but had died. The first carving I attempted from the donated wood failed, the tree had become infested and the wood was too damaged for the carving I originally planned. So, I peeled the park of the log off and used it to line the inside of the lid of the box. I contacted the cemetery where the aviator is buried and with the help of the Florida Patriot Guard I was able to get a piece of oak from the cemetery. I incorporated this piece in a false bottom of the box. In this piece of oak I inlaid a small twig that I had picked up at Arlington National Cemetery because that is where the rest of the crew is buried. I used aviation aluminum that I salvaged from a local Navy Reserve Aviation Unit to help build the false bottom of the box. Inside the box, I placed 3 small carved feathers. These feathers were from the birch and inscribed one for the wife; one for the children, and one for the parents. I like to use lettering in many of my cravings so I included the aviator's initials in a script that is unique to my style of carving on the lid of the box and I carved a falling feather on the front of the box.