At the age of 85 a local man is carving out a name for himself

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Most days you can find 85-year-old Robert Gamble Senior propped on his front porch sitting on his favorite bench carving wood figures.

"I just get a joy out of doing these things,"Gamble said.

Gamble stumbled upon the world of carving wood figures six years ago at the age of 79. He says his hobby started simply out of helping his grand children with their homework projects.

"It really benefits my mind and my thinking and I would not today trade what I do for a million dollars," Gamble said.

Gamble's love of nature and people is evident in his carvings. Gamble has even carved a few famous faces like former President Ronald Regan and current President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during their inaugural dance.

Gamble says he sent one of his carvings to the first family during the inauguration.

"I wish they would have written me back or told me you messed us up or you did a good job,"Gamble said.

Gamble says one wood figure can take 120 hours of work and making sure everything is close to perfect is what he aims for.

"When you go to do something do it right don't just half do something,"Gamble said.

Gamble says although he found his passion later in life, everyone has something great to share with others and this is it for him.

"Regardless of who we are we have talent and we have to find that talent and use it,"Gamble said.

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