After years of successful moonlighting in many of Syracuse's top restaurants, George Shattuck is going for it.
"It's a beloved medium," Shattuck said. "First thing people do is touch it, put their hands on it."
He is also a painter, but he said when he painted, he would then have to go make something you could touch.
"It's like a three D itch," he said.
This all started when he was a young boy
When George was given some clay as a small boy, he became obsessed with molding it, he brought it to school, then back home again, day after day - always sculpting.
George, who is now a father of a grown son himself, grew up one of five brothers. They lived in the Sedgewick area of the city. His elegant mother, Sheila, still lives in the center hall colonial where the boys grew up. She is a member of the Eagan family, and is well known in CNY for her work in theater arts. She now also works as a therapist. His father, a lawyer, is attached to the family that started the former Schraffts Restaurants. This was one of the first independent chains in America, famous soda fountains with a world class chocolate sauce.
His parents later separated and his father moved to Cazenovia, where the Shattuck boys also spent a lot of time.
George has lived in and around CNY most of his adult life including Syracuse, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Cazenovia and presently he resides on Shattuck Road in Oneida. He found this road named for his ancestors by accident on a long drive. Just like his many homes, his work is mobile, currently in Caz.
"I am carving the main beam of a horse barn in Cazenovia. The barn itself is from the 1820's and is being rebuilt," George said, "The carving are as follows; horse, buffalo, pig, crow, chicken, goat and a raccoon with beer bottle," George said.