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David Maple
& TUCKAMORE

David Maple:

I was born in England. My dad was born in Upstate NY and my mom was born just outside of London. We moved a lot due to my dad being an American Navy Serviceman-Italy, Bahrain Saudi Arabia, Australia, Hawaii and many States in the US. Eventually we settled on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. Throughout my teenage years I played High School Soccer, in the summer I worked on the water as a waterman, worked on potato farms, learned how to carve decoys, hunted, fished, practiced falconry, built Hot Rods and drag raced. I also attended the local community college for a Auto/Diesel Mechanics certificate. My parents owned a small shop, on Hwy 13, used furniture/flea market/junk and I helped there on weekends. I learned how to waterski/wake board at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay-pulled behind an oyster boat in between sharks and sting rays. I learned how to telemark ski and ice climb, later in life, with the North Face company out of Denver, CO and I would eventually acquire a 2 year Business Management/Marketing certificate, an AAS degree in Dental Technologies and Maxillo Facial Prosthetics, help invent and paten a few dental products, be excepted into the Maxillo Facial program in Dover, DE, practice fencing and become a Fencng coach, learn the trades of cabinet making and timber framing, learn and work at a Bronze Foundry which would leed to the making of my own bronze sculptures and Public Art pieces thus becoming a full time artist/creative. I've been a leather craftsman that has made saddles for horses  and Hoods for falcons and Cheetah, went to school to become a Farrier and would eventually work on Olympic horses, celebrity horses and regular good hearted backyard horses. I would learn the art of Gelato making and with my wife open an Italian Gelato/Pastry/Coffee Shop in Santa Fe, NM and sell many pints through Whole Foods Market. I have also, recently, acquired a "two year" certificate in Welding(it only took thirteen years to complete)...I also wouldn't realize, until later in life, that I suffer from ADHD, ADD...I've come to embrace these two companions and they are, in part, what fuels my passion to be creative with my mind and hands. Focus! Knife making, Sculpture, steel work, wood work, jewelry making, functional art are all extensions of this for me. This is just a small part of "My Story". I feel we all have a "My Story" and that also fuels my passion, hearing other peoples "Stories" and their stories along with something I have made for them is even better. Whether its around the campfire, on the cellphone, email, FaceTime or text- other peoples stories are part of the fabric that holds us together as a people and brings what I create, for me, into a "full circle". I cant wait to hear your Story!   

TUCKAMORE:

Me, myself and I are the only people that work at Tuckamore-I'm the designer, creative, fabricator, maker, bladesmith, forger, blacksmith, R & D guy, field tester, finisher, packager and shipper. I also order all the supplies, do the repairs, cut the grass, answer phone calls, texts, emails, messages and FaceTimes. I sweep the floor and take out the trash at the end of the day and I make the coffee...If your lucky, when you call, I may be on a coffee  break and I'll answer the phone. If I don't answer the phone I'm possibly working on your knife or someone else's-so just leave a message and I will return the call as soon as I'm able. TUCKAMORE is located in Central Florida- Ocala. The name for my business was inspired, by a friend, hunter/gathers Story of a hunt in Newfoundland and my self-reflection on the definition of a TUCKAMORE~ It's the term used for the small evergreen trees that grow and flourish on the Newfoundland coast line despite harsh conditions and unforeseen obstacles that try to stand in their way: unforgiving opponents like wind, rain, snow and sleet. A TUCKAMORE is known for its resiliency and adaptability and its ability to survive under tough circumstance. 

   ~Out of adversity springs great beauty. Inspire and be Inspired~ DfM

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