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Maurice Super began his career as a fireman in the city of Peoria Illinois in 1979 and worked his way up to battalion chief before retiring in 2009. During those years, Maurice stumbled on the fact that he had a talent for carving. During his rookie year as a fireman, Maurice was given a hose man position and was not assigned to a permanent firehouse location. Instead, he filled in for men who were on vacation or off work for other reasons. Firemen refer to this as “bouncing”. As a rookie, Maurice wanted to work in the busiest fire houses where all the action took place. It’s also common for battalion chiefs to place rookies in

Maurice typically worked a 24 hour shift and then had 48 hours off duty. He started spending a lot of off duty time learning how to carve. Maurice had always been fascinated by how things are made, but carving things into shapes quickly became a passion. He tried different types of carving with many types of mediums. For a while Maurice was consumed with duck and bird carving, and soon was entering competitions around the country. Maurice’s passion for carving included caricature carvings, carousal horses, cigar store Indians, Santa Claus and other Christmas carvings, and even chain saw carvings. But his interest always drifted back to wildlife and western scenes. On a trip to Alaska, Maurice went into a shop that displayed moose antler carvings, so he bought a moose antler to carve when he returned home. “Amoose sheds his antlers every year and grows a new set just like the

Asia is known for Ivory Tusk ,

Italy is known for Carrara Marble ,

Introducing Maurice Super,

America’s Moose Antler

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