I grew up in a family of crafty and artsy people near the Adirondacks in Northern New York. In 2003, I started participating in a hobby called letterboxing and I needed a rubber stamp. I wanted one of a bear paw print. I combed all the craft and stamp stores in my area. I couldn't find one. So I decided I needed to carve one myself. I did, it turned out great, and I have loved carving rubber stamps ever since!

Now I live in Rochester, NY and carve rubber stamps in my basement studio. I do all my own carving, mounting, packaging, shipping, promotion, etc. When I'm not working on a custom stamp order for a customer I am spending time with my wonderful wife and daughter, or out in the field looking for birds or letterboxes.

Hear an interview with me at:http://etsyconvo.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/jack-bear-stamps/

Watch a video about me: https://youtu.be/bUbfumFcwrI