Carl Williams

   Carl was born on November 9, 1915 in Nashville Tennessee. After high school, he studied Sheet Metal Fabrication and went to work in Baltimore, Maryland in 1940. He decided that construction work was for him, so after only a couple of months, he began working for a firm that built and refurbished Army Bases. He worked for that company and traveled to various bases all over the South. In May of 1942, he joined the Navy. While stationed in California, he met and married his first wife. After 3½ years of service in the South Pacific, he was discharged in November 1945. He moved to San Jose, California and returned to construction work, building homes. In 1951, he began work at Agnew's State Hospital in Santa Clara, where he remained until his retirement in 1975. His wife passed away a few months after he retired.
   He moved into a house he had built in Pioneer, California and joined a singles club called "Loners on Wheels". There he met Myrtle Hulstrom in 1981 and they married shortly thereafter.

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   Myrtle brought 15 years of lapidary experience and a full set of lapidary equipment into the marriage. They both belonged to the Amador County Lapidary Club. It was there in 1985 that Carl met Colonel John Irvin and saw his magnificent commesso "Warrior". John encouraged Carl to try his hand at making commessi (intarsias) and taught him all of his highly specialized techniques. John also allowed Carl full use of his equipment and provided him with any stones and patterns that he needed. Little Hoot was one of John Irvin's designs.

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   The eagle was taken from a photograph of an eagle that a local boy was rehabilitating. Carl continued making beautiful prize winning commessi until his eyesight failed him.

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