Born in 1950 in Ft. Collins Colorado , Cavin grew up in the Rocky Mountains. His love for wildlife was a natural reflection of his surroundings, a passion that has endured & fueled his desire to carve. Fleeing the sun of the desert he found the ocean in Washington State in 1970 and has lived near the salt water ever since.
Cavin’s main interest is
natural history and his designs reflect this passion. The
originals for Cavin’s lost wax castings were first carved in shed
elk antler or wooly mammoth ivory. Cavin has been carving in these
mediums for the last 37 years. His many years of devoted study
both in field and office has made him quite adept at creating
realistic poses of wildlife.
In the last 21 years as a
production artist, he has created original wildlife jewelry in
bronze for galleries around the world. Recently retired from this
endeavor he is going full circle & going back to one of a kind work
making original jewelry & small sculptures.
“ I started casting silicon bronze in 1992 and have fallen in love with it. The dark earth tone of the metal is enhanced with a wide range of patinas that permanently hue it, creating colors usually only associated with large bronzes. Compared to my carvings, I like the permanence the castings convey which is in sharp contrast to the current status of today’s wildlife.”
Cavin currently works and lives near Port Townsend, Washington on Mats Mats Bay.