PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The log Keno Brown threw to the ground next to his workshop looked like a piece of wood for the fireplace. He then cranked a chainsaw and started to give the block of cedar a different fate.
"I like to save things that most people would throw away," said Brown.
He's been carving wood for 25 years. To him, it's his passion.
"It's one of the greatest things I've ever done in my life."
Brown said he's self taught, through plenty of trial and error. While living overseas, he picked up a few pointers from a Polynesian woman who carved the old fashion-way - with a machete.
"I asked God for a gift something no one could take away from me, and this is what he gave me. I truly believe that." explained Brown.
He carves everything from Indians to wildlife. He even turns trees into furniture.
"I used to make wicker furniture years ago. Now, I just kind of concentrate on tables and maybe rocking chairs."
Brown does most of his work at his home in Pass Christian. His wife helps out adding colors to his art.
Brown's work sells at art shows and festivals, as well as the Cigar Shop downtown and at the North Street Landing restaurant in Pass Christian. He also keeps busy doing commissioned work.
"I've turned my hobby into a job," said Brown.
Brown left a job in the gaming industry to pursue a living where his heart is. And that, he said, has been inspiration to others in his community.
"I show my nieces and nephews and my younger generation you can do just about anything you want, especially something you love, for a living."
Sometime in the near future Brown plans to hold classes to teach the art of carving to the next generation. If you'd like to learn more, contact Keno Brown at (601) 913-8156.