George Golman Baker, Jr. was born in Thomasville, Alabama, and
was reared in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. He has a BA and MSE
Degree from Ouachita Baptist University and a BS degree from Henderson
State University. George served with the United States Army during
the Vietnam conflict and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. George
coached college football for thirty years and finished his career
teaching physical education and recreation at Henderson State University.
George resides in Arkadelphia with his wife, Beverly.
George works exclusively in wood, preferring to use green wood,
but using some dry wood. He produces treenware from native Arkansas
hardwood, using storm-felled woods when available. Each item is
one of a kind and "purposefully primitive." "My intention
is to create instant heirlooms," says Baker. George's bowls
and spoons are carved and not turned on a lathe. The items are finished
with a coating of mineral oil and canning wax to make them beautiful
and safe to use. George has been carving for about twenty-five years.