Wis (Harry W.) Laughlin III is a woodcarver specializing in walking sticks and miniature carvings inspired by Japanese netsuke. Wis carves various woods including American Holly and Tagua nuts. He has contributed pieces to number of events, including Art of the Bag, Empty Bowls and St. Georges High School and has won awards for his carvings. He has been a member or officer of the Tennessee Crafts Southwest for many years. He has judged or chaired a number of arts and crafts events, including the Pink Palace Crafts Fair and the 2004 Arkansas Living Treasure. Wis enjoys piano, bicycling, gardening, and fitness. Wis works as a tax, business and estate planning lawyer.
He is a ninth year piano student. Wis carves palm-sized carvings inspired by Japanese netsuke (see the dragon below). In Japan, the netsuke was connected by a cord to an “inro”, which held it to the sash of the kimono. The inro was the fashionable purse for Samurai and members of the aristocracy from the 1500’s to 1800’s. The evening purse below, fashioned by Wis, is inspired by the Japanese “inro” and is carved from a single piece of spalted wood.
I help clients with tax preparation and IRS representation, estate planning, and complex contracts, including LLC's. As a former IRS tax attorney in their National Office. Law.com picked Wis in 2017 and several prior years as one of the Top Tax and Estate Lawyers in Tennessee. I am your advocate, not your accountant. I don't tell you what you can't do. I show you how to do it.