"It’s an occupation that fosters his love of the outdoors and his love of art. “I have always been interested and involved in art, from water colours to drawing, but it’s neat to be able to take a dead tree and create something new again with the gift that God has given me.”
He starts off with a chainsaw, moves to an angle grinder with a sanding disk, and then introduces hand tools for the finer details.
“I like to do realistic stuff as much as possible,” Mr. Menken says. “I challenge myself to make it as real as possible.”
Before coming to Mono, he taught in the Woodbridge area, and then taught locally at the Christian School. He is a graduate of York University, majoring in physical education and sociology. He earned his teaching degree at Redeemer College in Hamilton.
To view some of his work, visit www.jimmenken.com