Meet the Artist – Mark Kellogg

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Mark was born in a quiet little town in Vermont where he spent his childhood out of doors hunting, fishing and trapping. As a young man he served his country in the National Guard and moved to Virginia where he raised his family.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Mark has bagged his share of deer, turkey and other wild-game however his quest for an elk has eluded him. He became an outdoor photographer and captured many animals on film. He was successful in elk hunting with the camera!!!

In 2010 Mark’s ability to walk became impaired and by 2013 he was wheelchair bound fulltime. In an effort to fill his days he turned to wood working as a hobby. He started with hand-turned pens – wood, acrylic and even deer horn. He then moved onto wood bowls and other utensils. Some of his bowls look like works of art! Bowls however can be very fickle and there is a lot of down time while waiting for the wood to dry. During these periods he would turn a duck, deer or turkey call to pass the time. Hunting calls became his passion and he has been creating his own designs and using his own photos to enhance the calls.

MK Unique Designs was born out of his mission to “feed the hungry children”. He’s not sure what led him to this but knows God is working miracles through this company. MK Unique Designs donates 10% of all sales (or more) to the local area food bank through his church Grottoes United Methodist Church. He also assists the youth of the church with fundraisers and donations.

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It’s Been A While

I have been really busy the last couple of weeks getting the website up and running. Then changing and rechanging and then changing again to get the look and feel we wanted. Not there yet! Almost….but not quite. I have met some amazing people (well not met but chatted) through WordPress Online Help. Sometimes when I’m asking my question in my non-technical lingo I wonder what they must be thinking.

I’ve been learning a little bit. I know not to play too much in the CSS. I don’t know what a CSS is or what it does but I know to be careful. ( I think that’s the code section but I could be wrong). Back to lingo….yesterday I was on the chat with Gracie and I wanted the white spot above the picture to be smaller. Go figure you have to write code for that! I thought you could just click with your mouse and pull the picture up.

Well in all my modifications I lost my blog page and when I found it (thanks to Jackie) it’s all dark unless you click on the blog itself. I’m leaving that drama for another day.

I have a couple of blog ideas in the works and am going to be doing a “Meet the Artist” once I get some good pictures to go along with it. There however are not enough hours in the day for all I need/want to get done.

Today I did take a little me time and went to a local spinning group where I met 5 ladies who love wool and spinning as much as I do! It was so relaxing to just get away and listen to the stories of these remarkable ladies. I can’t wait until next month when I escape the business and run away for a couple of hours. Maybe they’ll let me introduce them to you!

Hunting calls at MK Unique Designs

My favorite - it looks like jewelry!
My favorite – it looks like jewelry!

Mark has been very busy in the woodshop working on hunting calls. Please check them out on both eBay and Etsy. He is looking for hunters willing to photograph themselves using the calls and pictures of the kill shots to be posted on our website. Please contact us via e-mail or comments on this page.

Duck call - two reed
Duck call – two reed
Box Turkey Call
Box Turkey Call