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Local Man Carves Up Success

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by  Heather Graf

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. - With October 31st now here, odds are your family's already carved up a pumpkin to greet trick-or-treaters at the front door.  We found a mid-state man who specializes in those Halloween creations, but says it's about much more than the holiday.

Lundy Cupp wasn't aware of his skill until recently.

"Actually when I discovered carving, I was a criminal fraud investigator," he said.  "I lived on airplanes sneaking up on bad guys."

One day, while walking through the woods near his home in Kingston Springs, something caught his eye.

"I picked up a chunk of wood that looked interesting, iIdont know why I did it, brought it in the house, and before I knew it, something cool was carved into it," he recalls.

That was about seven years ago.

Cupp's wood carving skills have continued to improve, and then he decided to try his luck at pumpkin carving.

There, too, he found instant success.

"It was a big surprise to me, my family, my friends," he said.  "I'd carve something and show it to them and they'd say you didn't do that!  And I'd say, 'yeah I did, watch, I'll do it again'."

Eventually, he quit his job and started carving full-time.  Lundy teaches pumpkin carving classes during the month of October.  The rest of the year, he sells his woodcarvings, sculptures, and pumpkins.

To check out some of his favorite pieces, click here: http://www.lundycupp.com/.

Lundy hopes his story shows other it's never too late to find and pursue your dream.

"I found something late in life, that I know I'm going to be doing this for as long as I can.  I'll be doing it for the rest of my life," he said.

email: hgraf@newschannel5.com

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