Stephen Outhouse learned early-on to make do with what was available and found his leaning toward carpentry early in life. But his actual carving experience did not begin until, after marrying Dianne Wallage of Clementsport, he enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1963 at the age of 20 and was shipped off to Germany, a member of the Royal Canadian Infantry. When time hung heavy on his hands, he managed to get hold of some surgeon's scalpels, and with them and bits of wood, he began carving various shapes and forms - mainly nudes and plaques at that time, working primarily from photographs... "My buddies seemed to like them, and the more I worked the more carving sort of got into my blood. I began to study woods, to find how different kinds could do different things and add depth and colour to my work." Leaving the Armed Forces in 1971, Stephen found himself with a family to support-now four children-and he turned to carpentry, but continued his carving as a hobby at his home in Brighton. "I never would have believed," he says, "that the time might come when I could give up carpentry and support myself solely by doing the thing I love most-carving. If you have the pleasure of meeting and knowing Stephen, you would find his other great love:knowing people from all walks of life, studying their requirements, putting together the kind of art that is if not unique, unusual-and strictly Outhouse's own. Stephen's work can be found in private collections all over the world!