Joe King

When I’m working with a piece of a stone, I see something in it. I just feel the need to create, to help what is there come to life.”

American Eagle, limestone
American Eagle, limestone
Joe King $1800
Tortoise, limestone
Tortoise, limestone
Joe King $600-SOLD
Barn Owl, stem of a fossilized sea sponge
Barn Owl, stem of a fossilized sea sponge
Joe King $700 - SOLD
Whisper • Sandstone
Whisper • Sandstone
Joe King $1800
Horse, limestone
Horse, limestone
Joe King $700 - SOLD
Feathered Owl, fossilized sea sponge
Feathered Owl, fossilized sea sponge
Joe King $1200

Joe King Bio

Sculptor Joe King uses a hammer, chisel and his imagination to discover his own style as he fine –tunes his technique. Hailing from Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, King presents sculptures ranging from a farm boy made from limestone to a horse or a lady made from turtella agate. Commenting on his smooth, glasslike sculptures, King explains. “God gives me such pretty rocks to work with, I want it to show.”

King is a well-respected carpenter in Leiper’s Fork for thirty years. He is known for building and remodeling area homes, businesses, and several of Leiper’s Fork’s most cherished structures, including Lawnchair Theater and the accompanying wisteria arbor adjacent to Puckett’s, as well as the building housing Leiper’s Creek Gallery and Leiper’s Fork Flintlocks. His remodeling career encouraged King’s artistic direction to redirect to create expressive, hand-carved stone sculptures. Coincidentally, a serious car accident occurred on the same day he changed careers. Throughout a long recovery, he painted quarry rocks at the kitchen table. As he improved, he began carving and has continued to develop his figurative sculptures using primarily native Tennessee limestone.