John West was born in 1943 and is now a retired teacher. He attended high school in Santa Monica, went to Santa Monica CC and graduated from Long Beach state university in 1966. John enjoys working in wood and clay. He began in chainsaw carving, then hand carving and is now working with fiber clay. John loves being a sculptor. He enjoys writing and had a book published in 2019 titled "Marshallville", a fictional western. John likes to play golf, usually a bogie round. He also enjoys cowboy fast draw - he travels the country going to fast draw competitions. John was the 2018 National champion. He spend 6 months in Scottsdale, AZ and 6 months on Bainbridge Island, WA.